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You have probably seen this word as part of some proper names. We all know that heavy rock band, Iron Maiden; some of us, the least, watched the adventures of a detective on a wheel chair, Ironside; and, of course, “The Iron Lady”. But, who is she? Margaret Thatcher  (1925) , a British Conservative politician, was Europe’s first woman prime minister, and the first British prime minister in the 20th century to win three consecutive terms. She defended greater independence of the individual from the state, but unemployment nearly tripled during her first two terms and British  people witnessed the growth of a substantial underclass. Her strict dominance over the cabinet and her harsh policies made her earn this nickname. In her later years she extended her “Thatcher revolution” from the economics of finance and industry into new areas of social policy, privatizing education, health care and housing systems. Abroad, she decided to fight against Argentina after the occupation of  the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas). In 1992 she was made a baroness.


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This entry was posted on 20/01/2012 by in Politics.
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