Thatcher named worst PM

Margaret Thatcher.

MARGARET THATCHER has been named the worst prime minister of the past 100 years.

She narrowly beat David Cameron as she topped a poll by the Historical Writers Association which surveyed its membership on their views of the 19 prime ministers who have led the UK since 1916.

Thatcher passed away in 2013 but was prime minister from 1979 to 1990 and the leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990. Those who took part in the poll said it was her attitude to society that was the problem with her premiership. One member of the Historical Writers Association said: “She destroyed too many good things in society, and created too many bad ones.”

However, Paddy Ashdown, former leader of the Liberal Democrats, begged to differ: “I disagreed with Mrs Thatcher, I fought her all the way. But I thought she was a great and necessary destroyer. Some of those old structures she pulled down had to be pulled down, but what she wasn’t was a builder.”

Thatcher came first with 24 per cent of the vote, followed by David Cameron (22 per cent) and Neville Chamberlain came third (17 per cent). Tony Blair was in fourth place, with 11 per cent of the vote, followed by Gordon Brown and Edward Heath with 8 per cent.


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    • kay peukert

      18 October 2016 • 10:16

      As far as I am concerned I always admired her and she was someone we needed at the time
      May she rest in peace

    • Roy Peters

      18 October 2016 • 12:41

      Well said Kay.

    • Richard Mead

      18 October 2016 • 19:12

      Historical Writers Association should stick to historical events and leave the Modern Day successful Prime Ministers alone. Maggie Thatcher GREAT Prime Minister for the time when the UK needed her.

    • Iain Chester

      18 October 2016 • 19:35

      I do wonder at times where the members of some of these so called associations come from. Are they on the same planet as the rest of us? I totally agree with the comments of Richard Mead and Kay Peukert.

    • Norman Clarkson

      18 October 2016 • 21:03

      I agree with all the comments so far she was great in her time and called a spade a spade.

    • Morris Bishop

      19 October 2016 • 03:50

      Thatcher was the only Prime Minister with guts enough to stand up to the anarchy of the unions and who fought for the values that made Britain ‘Great’. She was almost universally respected around the world for not shrinking from the very difficult decisions that had to be made during the eighties. she stood up to the Argentinian aggression where others would have faulted, I fully believe that the legacy she left us would not have been achieved by any other Politician of her day.
      Where do these self opinionated writers come from?

    • Toni en Espana

      19 October 2016 • 09:33

      People have very short memories – she saved the country, on the brink of disaster, from the Unions the coal-miner strikes and their out-dated union..
      The same as Cameron… big mistake to give a largly un-educated population the opportunity to vote BREXIT but one of the most sincere Prime Ministers the Country has ever had!!

    • John McLean

      19 October 2016 • 11:03

      How on earth did Tony Blair only get 11% of the vote?

    • Roy Peters

      19 October 2016 • 12:23

      John, I think he should have been top of the list as the worst Prime Minister we have ever had.
      His ‘Multi-Cultural Society’ spelled out the annihilation of Britain in more ways than one. He also foolishly took us into a war that was not necessary, and to my mind he should spend the rest of his life in prison for what he has done.
      Margaret Thatcher did a lot of good for this country, but sadly few people seem to recognise this fact.

    • Morris Bishop

      19 October 2016 • 17:07

      Further to my comments of yesterday. Who are the Historical writers Association – may I venture to suggest that only people who have MADE history are really in a position to to judge their contemporaries, and unless there are any autobiographical members amongst them who qualify, they should keep to their business of recording the facts and not passing their personal judgement on whom they write about.
      I note that they consist of Fiction writers as well as true historians as well as Agents,

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