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By nlscb (Mon Mar 10, 2008 at 06:40:29 AM EST) Thatcher, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland (all tags)
Given the declining health of Margaret Thatcher, it is time to admire the fruits of the labor of the greatest woman born since the Virgin Mary who saved England and its territories of Scotland, Wales, and Ireland from the specter of socialism and transformed England into the world's most advanced economy, free of unionized tyranny of manufacturing and fully immersed the 21st century service economy.

England, once derisively referred to as the 51st state, the sick man of Europe, or America's unsinkable aircraft carrier, has risen to the proud status of becoming Europe's Manhattan - the unquestioned cultural and financial center of the EU and possibly the planet. 

England leads the world in financial services, while quietly providing the biggest innovations in culture and entertainment in recent years. All one has to do is look at the Canary Wharf or Paul Greengrasses' Bourne Ultimatum to see this dominance. 

All of this has allowed England to become the world's most exclusive place to live.  By not taxing foreigner's off shore earnings, it gathers the benefits of rich through property taxes.  And, in spite of Maggies' one flaw of not embracing the EU, allows it to expel its less desirable classes to Northern France, while embracing hard working Eastern European immigrants.  

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And what a looker by Rogerborg (4.00 / 1) #1 Mon Mar 10, 2008 at 07:09:06 AM EST
I used to be at school with the original Tory Boy, and he kept a framed picture of her in his schoolbag, along with a stock of reasonably priced stationery and confectionery, no sensible offer refused.  True story.

Metus amatores matrum compescit, non clementia.
You're writing this.. by anonimouse (2.00 / 0) #2 Mon Mar 10, 2008 at 08:20:01 AM EST
..just to troll DullTrev, aren't you?

Girls come and go but a mortgage is for 25 years -- JtL
Yes by gpig (2.00 / 0) #3 Mon Mar 10, 2008 at 10:51:49 AM EST
Shame that it's all concentrated in the south east, which seems to be full of twats.

Wealth is wasted on the rich, you might say.
(,   ,') -- eep

Leeds? Manchester? All of Scotland and Wales? by nlscb (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon Mar 10, 2008 at 07:12:29 PM EST
Those who have bowed before her free market grace have reaped its bounty: in call centers, drug fueled night clubs, over-the-top-violent-and-sexual video games, and airplane wings.  Its seems pretty well spread to me.  Real estate prices would certainly make it look that way. 

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And now by Breaker (2.00 / 0) #5 Mon Mar 10, 2008 at 11:36:24 PM EST
NuLabia have had over 10 years to take what was worst about Maggie's Britain, and add their own shite on top of it.

What percentage of the UKian populace is directly employed by the Government, again?

What is the chance of catching a fatal illness in a hospital?

How many people on disability benefit are actually OK to work, but have just been advised to claim benefit through disability instead of job seekers allowance because it is doled out long term, with less questions asked and doesn't impact the unemployment figures?

In 2012, which country will have one of the top three taxation levels (by GDP) in Europe?

Ah, I could go on but already I'm chewing my teeth.

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