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In 1979 Margaret Thatcher took over from James Callaghan as Prime Minister On being appointed she appealled in the words of Francis of Assisi for help in bringing harmony when there is discord For the next eleven years Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister winning an incredible three general elections During this time though her style was anything but harmonious This style and the policies that came to be associated with them came to be known as Thatcherism There are several identifiable aspects of Thatcherism which helped her and her government stay in power for so long and improve the United Kingdom so immeasurably Throughout the 1970s Britain had been subjected to a series of damaging strikes and terrific inflation The Tories 1979 manifesto pledged to encourage private enterprise lower taxes and restore power to the individual What Thatcherism was promising at the end of the Seventies was the formula for renewed economic success in Britain through reinvigoration of the supply side of the economy The high inflation crisis in Britains economy was gradually defeated under the Thatcher government In 1978 domestic production in the UK only grew by 1 while consumer spending went up by 5An unacceptably high level of inflation resulted In the early years the Thatcher government committed itself to gradual reductions in the money supply and increases in various taxes to quell inflation These policies were monetarist Monetarism was a policy Thatcher believed in which distinguishes her from previous governments The Tories soon earned the reputation as honest and effective inflation-fighters As the British economy was recovering from recession in 1983 inflation fell form 20 to 4 the lowest level in 13 years- largely as a result of these monetarist policies During its years in power the Thatcher government managed to weaken the stranglehold labour unions held over industry and government in Britain Thatcher saw this as a very important part of her plans for the country Unions had contributed
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