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Wounds exposed; & COMMENT DEBATE YOUR LETTERS TO THE NATIONAL NEWSPAPER OF WALES.

| SIR - The Thatcher era has been rightly characterised as one in which her Government indulged in a range of policies that amounted to a form of "social genocide". In the case of Wales this is certainly true.

Whatever the faults attributed to the present and previous Welsh Governments it should not be forgotten that they are having to deal with the disastrous social and economic legacy of the Thatcher administrations.

Some of her detractors have said that she could at least be admired as a "conviction politician".She might have had an intense hatred of organised labour but what she appeared to dislike even more was any kind of opposition, no matter how reasoned.

The desire to emasculate the perceived power of the trade unions in order to break the post war social contract and establish a world where untrammelled capitalism could do what it liked laid the foundations for the appalling economic situation we find ourselves in today.

The idea that the economy of an industrial nation could be changed overnight into one where growth could be driven by the service and financial sectors has been shown to be a complete and disastrous chimera. She may not have entirely emasculated the trade union movement but she certainly emasculated the Labour Party.

The refusal of the Blair and Brown governments to undo the wilder excesses of Thatcherism has brought us to the state we find ourselves in today.

Others have written eloquently in this column about the way in which the industrial communities of Wales were precipitately destroyed but I believe that it was the view of Margaret Thatcher that we should be punished. Not so much because she saw people like the miners and steelworkers as objects to progress but because they had the gall to oppose the insane economic policy of her administration.

I well remember the economic commentator, William Keegan, writing back in 1983 that if the UK was to move out of the recession created by the economic policies of the Thatcher government then we would not have the capacity to meet demand because these policies had already resulted in the destruction of over 30% of British industry.

The passing of Margaret Thatcher has again exposed the deep wounds she created throughout society. There has been universal criticism of her inappropriate quasi state funeral and I hope we will not again see a flying of flags at half mast outside the National Assembly. At the very least the national flag of Wales should not be lowered. I SEATON Mumbles, Swansea
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Apr 20, 2013
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