The mere mention of the lady's name is enough to induce a state of apoplectic rage in some people, however I firmly believe that Mrs Thatcher was the best Prime Minister this country has ever had. I say this not as a Tory fanboy, truth be told I'm a Scottish Nationalist, my father was a miner, my mother a teacher and I come from a family background that has voted Labour for generations. Let me give some pointers for discussion as to why I believe that Mrs Thatcher is deserving of such an accolade. 1) She took on and defeated the Unions which had held this country to ransom during the seventies with three day weeks and the winter of discontent. 2) She stood up to Soviet agression and along with Reagan brought about the downfall of the Soviet Union which ultimately brought freedom to Eastern Europe. 3) Her fiscal policies, hated at the time, laid the foundations for the prosperity which most of this nation enjoyed throughout the nineties and early 21st century. Thatcherism is not to blame for the credit crunch, that is purely the work of the banks and their own greed. 4) She ended the culture of state handouts and made people realise that they had to work hard to get things in life. Again a hated policy but it is significant that subsequent Labour governments have not undone many of the changes in social policy instigated during her premiership. 5) Her hated poll tax policy, though flawed in its earliest implementation did bring about the belief that we are all responsible for paying for the services that local government provides. And why shouldn't we be. Discuss?