Yes, yet another failure in this country is blamed on Baroness Thatcher. First it was the economy, then the railways and now it’s bullying in schools. Apparently because our parents were “Thatcher’s children” and were told “there’s no such thing as society—only individuals and families”, that makes them aggressive bullies and they have passed down these characteristics to their children.
For starters, the article is factually flawed—most parents of people my age did not grow up during the 1980s when Thatcher was in power and half of them probably didn’t agree with her policies anyway (most Thatcherites are in the generation above my parents, and there certainly aren’t many amongst my age group!). Also, I don’t see how people can keep on making the argument that Thatcher is to blame for everything that is wrong with the country. It’s nearly 14 years since she left office which, as anyone will tell you, is a long time in politics. If you want to blame someone, moan at the current government—they’ve had 7 years to sort out any problems.
Of course the fact that this statement was made the president of a militant trade union has nothing to do with it. No-one could accuse them of being sour because they don’t have as much power as they used to in the 70’s, thanks to Thatcher’s legislation to stop secondary/flying pickets. I didn’t think for a moment that Mrs Lerew was saying what NASUWT members wanted to hear rather than what is actually the case. 🙂
Whilst I appreciate that bullying and general aggression in schools has increased (even since I was at school), it’s not fair to keep blaming the problems on someone who left mainstream politics (although admittedly still influencing the Conservative party policies for some time) nearly 14 years ago. It really is pathetic—I bet Blair won’t be blamed in 2020 for whatever problems we have then.