Stand Down Margaret
UB40 - One in Ten (1981)
Well it has all died down, now that the funeral of Maggie Thatcher has come and gone. You have to say that she certainly divided the nation and everyone has an opinion on her. It is normally completely for or completely against her.
I don't come into any of these categories, as to be quite honest I am a bit indifferent towards her. I have to admire the way she forced her way to the top in a strictly man's world. It was really quite remarkable. However, I have great sympathy for the miner's and the way whole communities suffered because of her policy's.
Now here is a little story of what happened to me in 1979 and because of MT I could have become a little more well off. I was living in a 2 bed Maisonette which I luckily got through a Housing Society. At the time it was a life saver as I had just got married and had a young kid (Flycasual) and had nowhere to stay. It was a good deal too, as after 5 years you could leave and get a proportion of what you paid in back. The longer you stayed the more you got back.
I was determined to buy my own place and worked like a dog to get the money together. I did any extra shift I could do and begged and borrowed enough for a deposit. I managed to get £6000 together which was quite a sum in these days. After much hard work and pain I manage to get on that ladder. A 3 bedroom semi-detached suburban Mr Jones type of house. I had done it.
Two months later Maggie got in and announced immediately that she was going to sell off council houses and that also included Housing Society properties. I could have bought the one I had just left, for yes you guest right £6000. It was immediately worth over £30,000.
Now let me ask all you Maggie haters, how would you feel about her if she was responsible for giving you a large windfall like that.
Would you like to know how I would have felt?
WEDNESDAY CLUB - UB40 - One in Ten
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