Of course unemployment continued to rise, the country was virtually bankrupted & the manufacturing sector ended up folding, thats always going to cause unemployment to rise.Different in that mass unemployment was about half what it is now and this after the stats were fixed to exclude several groups from the stats that were included in the Seventies.
A LOT less are dying from hypothermia today & there isnt nationwide blackouts with every single old person & child sitting shivering in the darkness.People are still dying of hypothermia, not due to strikes but due to fuel poverty created by the profiteering of corporations. Strikes happened and passed, profiteering is for life.
I dont, but neither am I going to try & kid people about how damaging your supposedly halcyon days were.I'm glad you think that things are so heavenly now.
I mean you mention Thatcher, old Margaret Thatcher "milk snatcher", not a woman Im fond of, in fact who was? She was pretty unpopular wasnt she, so how bad were things that people felt compelled to vote for someone so unpopular?
She had to sell off virtually everything left to pay off the debts didnt she?
But how bad were things? The economy has been a pretty major debate between the main Brit parties in recent times hasnt it? Tell me how often do the Cons & Libs, in debate, mention Labors history? I see it a lot in what I see & hear.
Over 35 years later its still seen as such a bad era, such a boogyman that its dragged out as the benchmark of how bad things can be in Britain & even Labor have distanced themselves from that era, their time in office, through shame at how bad it was.
No, I dont think life is heavenly today, but like most people that things could be & have been worse.