The biggest losers were undoubtedly the 3 million unemployed. The winners were stereotypically living in the south east, homeowners, working in the finance sector, buying shares in privatised industries. Whether the British economy was left in a better place is still debated today. But, one thing is certain, for good or ill - the economy is very different, and there is no going back to pre 1979.
Essay here on economic impact of Mrs Thatcher
Unemployment since Mrs Thatcher
Inflation and interest rates
more on Mrs Thatcher perspectives
Arguing over the past is one thing, but a more pressing concern is the economic policy of Europe.
- The real European crisis is the unemployment crisis
This is very important in the current debate, as Europe seeks to reduce borrowing, without really considering impact and importance of economic growth
Also the effect of borrowing on bond yields and debt interest payments
- Zero-hour contracts - Mrs Thatcher would probably have approved, but how does it affect workers who increasingly find themselves with zero guaranteed hours?
Irish economy summary - From boom to bust. Is Ireland really a model austerity nation?
The Irish housing market saw one of the greatest boom and busts in the world.