As a country the electorate chose to put a stop to that. You are tending to forget that Thatcher had the popular mandate.
1 - British Industry was on its last legs in the 1970's - the rundown of British manufacture began in the 60's and continued on into the late 70's. What Thatcher did was refuse to continue putting taxpayer support into industry which was being badly run or deeply uncompetitive.
2 - The service sector industries are as large as they are in other Western nations, our service sector runs at around 25-26% of GDP. 2% more than Germany and the US and very similar to France and other competitors. You have been badly misled by your politically coloured spectacles.
3 - British industry was slave to flying pickets and hardline co-ordinated union strike forces. These were based in and around the kind of communities you mention and when they chose to confront Thatcher they sealed their own fate. What you forget is that the rest of the country voted Thatcher into power on a manifesto of taming union power.
4 - LOL, don't even know where to begin on that one. There were a variety of signals that the Argentines got that led them to believe we wouldn't defend or go to war for our own people. Not all those signals came from Britain either..
5 - She privatised industries, the alternative was inefficient government monopolies running utilities and other services. She allowed working class people to buy their own homes and by the end of her term in power, 1 in 4 Brits had shares in those industries so I guess we were all her carpet-baggers.
As for class warfare, yes more women are in business and working in general, that is great.. but also a Europe wide thing.. times change. The UK is also not as male chauvinistic (with the exception of the Tory party IMO) as it once was, but the class issue is still very much alive and Maggie Thatcher did everything to promote this divide. It matters where you were born and what schools you went too.. even today and that is a problem. But saying that, it was not a uniquely Maggie Thatcher issue, since Cameron is going down the same road with all his new policies on education to healthcare to taxes and welfare. You cant get rid of class warfare if you are raising the barriers for people to move up the social and economic ladder... and increasing the cost of higher education is exactly such a barrier increase.
And I think I just heard Andalublue scream over City's 1-2 scoring... and he is like 100 km away
How does Margaret Thatcher making it possible for more poor people buy their own home add to a class divide? How does broadening share ownership among ordinary British people add to a class divide? Thatcher came from ordinary roots herself, she worked hard and got into Oxford - she wasn't born with a silver spoon in her mouth.
I was gonna make some really ****ty comment about her, but thought better of it. I was born and raised in a mining town, so my feelings about her should require no elaboration.
She's dead. That's that.