Proven: The Thatcher project aimed to kill industry and create unemployment. It succeeded


There can be no doubt any more: From Margaret Thatcher onwards, the Conservative Party has deliberately worked to plunge most of the UK into poverty.

The Jobs, Welfare and Austerity report links very well with a paper published a couple of years ago, The Impact of Thatcherism on Health and Well-Being in Britain, published by Durham University, stated that Margaret Thatcher, along with other leading Tory neoliberals of the 1970s like Keith Joseph and Nicholas Ridley, decided that they needed to end full employment.

The paper states: “In the years between 1975 and 1979, those around Thatcher—in particular, Keith Joseph and Nicholas Ridley—developed detailed proposals for government. Their view was that defeat of the movement that had forced Heath’s U-turn [from neoliberalism to Keynesianism – it prompted the famous statement, “The lady’s not for turning”] would require, not simply the disengagement of the state from industry, but the substantial destruction of Britain’s remaining industrial base.

“The full employment that had been sustained across most of the post-war period was seen, together with the broader security offered by the welfare state, to be at the root of an unprecedented self-confidence among working-class communities.

“In particular, large-scale manufacturing and extraction industries, generally strongly unionized and often linked to the large-scale provision of social housing at subsidized rents by local government, were seen to underpin a working-class solidarity that gave this confidence a potent political expression.”

So they killed those industries, ended full employment and parked millions of people on incapacity (now sickness and/or disability benefits). Here’s the proof of that claim:


You see, when Tories say Labour is responsible for the high number of sickness and/or disability benefit claimants, they are lying.

Marry this information with the new data from Sheffield Hallam University and you can see that the Conservative Party has deliberately de-industrialised the UK – in order to ensure a high rate of unemployment – and is now deliberately cutting off access to benefit payments – in order to render working-class people destitute.

They knew the result would be a high budget deficit; this was to be used as an excuse for the cuts that would plunge working-class people into poverty.

Make no mistake: This was a deliberate, pre-meditated plan, and anybody who voted ‘Conservative’ between 1979 and 2015 has actively supported it, whether they were aware of it or not.

The enduring impact of closing factories and shutting coalmines in the 1980s has been revealed in new research showing that the drain on the exchequer from former industrial areas is responsible for up to half the government’s £55bn budget deficit.

In the first comprehensive analysis of the cost to the state of the de-industrialisation that began three decades ago, Sheffield Hallam University said the annual bill was at least £20bn and was perhaps as high as £30bn.

The report found that the cumulative legacy of the hollowing-out of manufacturing and the year-long miners’ strike of 1984-85 was a far heavier concentration of people claiming incapacity benefits than in the richer parts of Britain and a more widespread use of tax credits to top up the wages of those in low-paid jobs.

The report’s co-author, Prof Steve Fothergill, said: “The long-term effect of job destruction in older industrial Britain has been to park vast numbers out of the labour market on incapacity benefits, these days employment and support allowance (ESA). The cost to the Treasury is immense, especially if all the top-up benefits are included.

“Added to this, low wages in these weaker local economies have jacked up spending on in-work benefits such as tax credits and reduced income tax revenue. None of these impacts have diminished over the years, despite the recent upturn and efforts to cut claimant numbers.

“We estimate that the ongoing cost to the exchequer, in extra benefit spending and lost tax revenue, is at least £20bn a year, and possibly nearer £30bn. To put this another way, approaching half the current budget deficit is the result of job destruction in Britain’s older industrial areas.”

The report – Jobs, Welfare and Austerity – said there was a continuous thread linking what happened to British industry in the 1980s to the welfare cuts being borne by communities in the north, Scotland and Wales today.

Source: Half UK budget deficit ‘is down to job destruction in older industrial areas’ | Business | The Guardian

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  1. Harry November 7, 2016 at 1:50 am - Reply

    The deindustrialisation plan was launched in 1972 with The Lima Declaration. The agenda is fused with the OWG agenda based on the UN and its Agendas 21, 30, and 50. Tyranny, coupled with transhumanism and a return to feudalism, using multiple mechanisms to depopulate this our world, including Geo-Engineering and the resultant climate chaos, along with infestation of new DNA binding synthetic biologic organisms (Craig Ventner), that manifest in shocking new diseases such as Morgellons Disease.

    Cases of this disease and the symptoms: leading often to death, show a loss of coordination, as the synthetic organism grows and smothers ones ability to breathe and function. Strange, segmented coloured strands growing out of open wounds that refuse to close or to heal. A ceremony was conducted at the opening of the CERN tunnel: A very strange occult ceremony in which the workers marched in a very clumsy and uncoordinated way at the head of the parade. This is how a morgellons victim (we all are to some degree, though how one is affected depends upon ones blood group) walks: Stiffly and uncoordinated.

    We are governed by evil. It is that simple. Men and women that seemingly have no empathy, no conscience, and no remorse, have hijacked governments worldwide as well as top law enforcement and top military brass and of course the judiciary. It won’t be stopped by voting.

    This site though a us blog will take you on a tour of the rabbit hole:-

    One thing though: Every government institution including at local level invest funds stolen from the public and as a result have become so rich that taxation is entirely unecessary. On your local councils statement the appropriate column will read: Non allocatable resources. Most businesses are at source owned by gov-corps.

  2. Thomas November 7, 2016 at 7:28 am - Reply

    If they don’t want to give people benefits, either bring back the old industries or bring in positive discrimination and quotas (for example, 5% disabled, 15% blacks, ect so that everyone can get a job.)

    • Mike Sivier November 7, 2016 at 2:19 pm - Reply

      The point is that they don’t want everyone to have jobs.

  3. jeffrey davies November 7, 2016 at 7:42 am - Reply

    but its still carrying on selling of the british peoples silver untill theres nowt left greed has them and now they come for the peasants benefits and tax pot

  4. NMac November 7, 2016 at 8:10 am - Reply

    I have been saying for a long time now that the nasty Tory Party is deliberately trying to take the country back to the 18th century. It won’t be long before they start talking about Workhouses for the poor and the elderly.

  5. Roland Laycock November 7, 2016 at 10:14 am - Reply

    And it worked now we are getting into a nation of slaves thank to the so called elite in the tory party and Labour Blairits and the Libs running behind doing there best to lend an hand

  6. Christine Bergin November 7, 2016 at 11:39 am - Reply

    I was born just about the time WW2 ended. Iwould have been about five or six when my father was discussing with my mother what he had overheard at work. I believe he worked for Bayer at this point. There was a conference of some sort among’the Bosses.’ and they apparently decided that there should be a large pool of unemployed so that they could keep their costs down. As you can see, they have implemented their plans many times in various ways and managed to create ‘the perfect storm’ which may just take us all down. Greed for profit has done so much damage.

  7. mohandeer November 7, 2016 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    In other words, Thatcher saw that the working class were getting too uppity and needed to be brought down a peg or two and know their place. On the bottom rung with our lips level with our betters feet.

  8. Pat Sheehan November 7, 2016 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    And still the people sleep – or sleep walk. What does it take to wake a Kraken these days? There was a time you only had to kick its arse: but not anymore.

  9. mrmarcpc November 15, 2016 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    Yep, that was her gran plan right from the get go, look after herself and the rich and bugger everybody else, flog everything off that already belonged to the public and then sell it back to us, weaken and destroy stable industries and employment to undermine the unions and never replaced the industries they destroyed with anything so many people were flung on the scrapheap, pay was a joke, divided communities, families, the country which were feeling the effects from still today, equal pay and rights for women got worse under her and for ethnic people too, anted to give Jimmy Saville a knighthood as soon as possible, let’s face it, everything she did was to hurt the people of this country and the tories wonder why she was detested so much and wonder why many were overjoyed when she died and thrown street parties, it’s because she was an fascist minded, cruel, vindictive, vile, greedy, arrogant, evil, nazi bitch!

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