Margaret Thatcher was one of the outstanding leaders of the 20th century: she had a radical vision and implemented it. She changed Britain so much that even her opponents came to adopt her policies, and some of her ideas have been implemented by countries around the world.
In the 1970s, Britain was regarded as the "sick man of Europe," a country whose governments were unable to address the problems of a weak economy and industrial unrest. Under Thatcher's leadership, Britain's economy, by the end of the 1980s, had become a model for other countries to copy. Once again Britain's influence was felt around the world. Her achievements include cutting income tax rates while also reducing public debt, privatizing state-owned businesses, taming militant trade unions, and contributing to the collapse of Soviet communism.
Noel Sloan describes how Britain's Prime Minister led this transformation. He discusses Margaret Thatcher's vision for her country and her extraordinary leadership. He assesses her achievements and her place in history.
Margaret Thatcher was a staunch opponent of Britain joining the Eurozone, but she campaigned for the UK to remain in the European Economic Community and played a crucial role in the development of the European Single Market.
Noel Sloan is an international banker who has worked in London and New York. He lived in Britain throughout Margaret Thatcher's time as Prime Minister, and he brings to this subject both his experience of Britain in the 1980s and his academic training in politics. Noel has a Master's degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Trinity College, Oxford. He was an English-Speaking Union Scholar at The Hotchkiss School and is a National Patron of the English-Speaking Union of the United States. Noel lives in Manhattan and Salisbury, CT. He has lectured widely about Margaret Thatcher in the US and the UK.
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