All talk and no trousers

Screen Shot 2013-11-09 at 11.35.17Margaret Thatcher

spoke too much and did too little. Her strident tone, that was capable of cutting glass, gave even her best ideas a bad reputation, as if they had been put into practice when they had not.

By every measure, the public sector looms larger in Britain today than it did in 1979. Dalrymple puts it this way: Margaret Thatcher found the public sector inefficient

 and left it inefficient and corrupt.

Her noisy rhetoric against the state

disguised the fact that under her, the state remained as preponderant as ever. Government expenditure increased, above all in areas such as social security.

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