The two recessions contributed to a high cost of living that impacted on the society’s poverty levels. The 1980s also witnessed the radical transformation of Britain’s economy to a more competitive, productive, and profitable state (Seabrook 2013, p.115). Despite the improvement of the overall wealth of the nation, poverty levels also increased. The economic policies of Thatcherism in Britain during the 1980s contributed to an increase in overall wealth of the society and an increase in poverty levels.
The pronouncement of Margaret Thatcher as prime minister at the end of May 1979 saw the birth Thatcherism. Thatcherism gets used to describe the beliefs of the British government under the rule of the conservatives under the leadership of Thatcher. Under Thatcherism, there was promotion of free markets, small state, and low inflation. This got achieved through privatization, tight control of money supply, and constricting labor movement (Mannin 2010, p.257). Thatcher’s government showed belief in minimal government intervention by adopting a program of economic liberalism by exercising conservative power. Thatcherism acted to weaken trade unions that could no longer ensure that wages kept up with the pace of inflation. Thatcherism also oversaw the sale of or privatization of over 50 companies. Privatization saw the state sell its assets at an undervalued price and also miss out on the opportunity to invest in the future. Privatization ensured that those who could afford to buy shares in the companies sold gain almost immediately financially. Privatization led to destroy the country’s manufacturing industry as the government ended subsidies to manufacturing companies (Mannon 2010, p.258). Privatization also assisted to boost class privilege for those who could afford to buy shares in the privatized companies. Weakening trade unions ensured that