Why was Thatcher a controversial PM in domestic politics?

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Why was Thatcher a controversial PM in domestic politics?

Margaret Thatcher was seen as a controversial Prime Minister not because she was a woman, but because of the extremely contentious social, political, and economic reforms that she passed through The Commons during her time in office. The most controversial being the attack on the trade unions in 1984, and the North-South divide “the rich get richer and the poor stay the same.”

One of her political ailments was that she abolished the Greater London Council, led by Ken Livingstone of Labour, in 1985 by announcing the “Local Government Act.” Livingstone had been purposely antagonising Thatcher for a number of years, through a series of actions such as displaying the number on unemployed on the side of the County Hall directly opposite The Houses of Parliament, and introducing the “Fair Fare” scheme, which meant heavy subsidies towards transport. It is for these ‘unofficial’ reasons that Thatcher abolished the GLC as well as the ridiculous “high spend socialist policies” and inefficient work which could be carried out by local councils. Many believe, however, that abolishing the GLC was a step towards increasing Thatcher’s power, because she discarded anyone who presented her with opposition. The Act caused controversy as well as much opposition from all quarters, but it was eventually passed narrowly.

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Another controversial political move made by Thatcher was branding and dividing her party into two groups, the “wets” and the “drys.”  “Wet” was used by her to describe a policy or person who was “feeble” and this was controversial within the Conservatives, but not seen as paramount by anyone else because of its nature.

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