In 1990 we'd just had the Poll Tax. If anything the economic boom began in the mid 90s and Tony Blair in particular thrived off it.
Wow, significant rewriting of history there. The economy improved significantly until the '87 recession, and had recovered quite well by '92 thanks mostly to the economy's improved resilience due to Thatcher reforms. The whole boom of the '90s was underpinned by the reforms of the '80s, and Blair should kiss Thatcher's coffin for what she did for him.
The poll tax was a massive political mistake, although it should be pointed out that it was a reaction to discontent in Wales, Scotland and the North to problems with the preceding rates system. I am sure it was one of Thatcher's great private regrets. It cost her another half a decade in power.
So basically you're saying destroying half of a country leaving the poorest cities a wasteland were necessary?
The communities that were devastated were on taxpayer-funded life support when she came into power. She had the balls to turn off the switch, and the country as a whole benefited from it.
She was transformational. The double team of her and Reagan changed the course of history. I bloody love history. She will go down as one of the most hated and most liked leaders of all time. Interpretation always changes as time goes on. We will see how history judges her in another 20 to 30 years.
History has certainly been kind to her thus far.