"As Germany and other northern nations have shown, economic dynamism has been possible without the squandering of social cohesion that Mrs Thatcher promoted."
Margaret Thatcher: the lady and the land she leaves behind
1. Increased public spending.
2. Signed the Single European Act.
3. Replaced vast number of good Grammar Schools with horrid Comprehensive Schools.
Michael Potillo in - FT.com
The Guardian, (http://politics.guardian.l) tells us about Thatcher and BAE.
After Margaret Thatcher signed the al-Yamamah arms deal with Saudi Arabia, her son Mark Thatcher "was alleged, based on transcripts of telephone conversations between Saudi princes and agents, to have enjoyed £12m in commissions."
Allegedly, "At the time he was .... Secretary ............ paid the family of a young boy who he had sexually abused, to keep quiet about his name."
Margaret Thatcher's `Paedophile Cabinet Minister" - Mathaba
"'One appointment in the recent reshuffle has attracted a lot of gossip and could be very dangerous: Peter Morrison has become the PM’s PPS[Parliamentary Private Secretary].
"'Now he’s what they call a 'noted pederast', with a liking for young boys.
"'[Conservative MP] Teresa Gorman told me this evening (in a taxi coming back from a drinks party at the BBC) that she inherited Morrison's (woman) agent, who claimed to have been offered money to keep quiet about his activities. It scares me as all the press know, and as we get closer to the election someone is going to make trouble, very close to her indeed.'"
"We need some serious answers to serious questions about why Tebbit, Margaret Thatcher and her other key aides and ministers like Willie Whitelaw, Leon Brittan and Lord McAlpine did not expose this well-known paedophile to police and public instead of giving him jobs in the party and government and allowing him to be right in there among Thatcher's inner circle for 15 years."
Margaret Thatcher's father was a leading member of Rotary.
"Through Rotary, her family received an Austrian Jewish girl called Edith into their home after the Anschluss in 1938."
Margaret Thatcher, née Roberts, while in her final year at Somerville College, Oxford, studied under the supervision of Dorothy Hodgkin.
Thatcher installed a portrait of Dorothy Hodgkin in Downing Street.
Dorothy married Thomas Lionel Hodgkin, a one-time member of the Communist Party.
"Because of her political activity and her husband's association with the Communist Party, she was banned from entering the US in 1953."
Dorothy Hodgkin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Margaret Thatcher was elected as MP for Finchley, in London.
She regarded Finchley's Jewish residents as "her people" and became a founding member of the Anglo-Israel Friendship League of Finchley as well as a member of the Conservative Friends of Israel.
In the letter, written on 1 July 1981, Mrs Thatcher invited the girl to London to meet her and to see Parliament.
The girl’s identity is not revealed and it is not known whether she accepted Mrs Thatcher’s offer.
Read more: Margaret-Thatchers-touching-letter-offering-personal-meeting-girl-hit-parents-divorce.
Sir Jimmy Savile, close friend of Margaret Thatcher.
Savile says he spent "11 consecutive Christmases ... with the Thatchers."
"She appointed gay ministers including the tragic Earl of Avon (son of ex-Prime Minister Anthony Eden) who was one of the earliest victims of Aids."
New Statesman - Thatcher the GAY icon
Lord Victor Rothschild
Margaret Thatcher had many Jewish links.
In 1994, Roland Perry, in his book The Fifth Man, claimed that Victor Rothschild may have helped Israel to gain important nuclear secrets.
Lord Victor Rothschild is reported to have been the chief figure in the 'Cambridge' Soviet spy ring, which included Blunt, Burgess and Philby.
Margaret Thatcher had a Cabinet "which included no fewer than five Jews:
"More old Estonians than old Etonians," joked the aged Harold Macmillan.
From Jewish tribal review: "As half of 1% of the British population, Jews in the Margaret Thatcher era held 5 of 20 cabinet positions.
"My only brother, Stewart, is chairman of the BBC. My father used to say, 'One son deputy chairman of the government, another chairman of the BBC -- that's not bad for immigrants."
The UK's Foreign Office was concerned at Thatcher's Jewish links
"Foreign Office officials were so concerned about Margaret Thatcher's pro-Israeli sympathies when she became Tory leader they wanted her to break off links with local Jewish groups, according to newly-released official papers.
"Files released to the National Archives in Kew, west London, under the 30 year rule reveal that diplomats feared she would be seen by Arab countries as a 'prisoner of the Zionists'.
"One official even suggested that she should give up her Finchley parliamentary seat in north London - with its large Jewish community - for somewhere more palatable to Arab opinion.
In 1998 South African authorities investigated a firm owned by Mark Thatcher for allegedly running loan shark operations.