Sheffield’s own David Blunkett MP has said that Lady Thatcher destroyed local government, this came shortly after her death on the 8th April 2013.
Right Honourable David Blunkett was one of Thatcher’s biggest opponents during her time in office when he was leader of Sheffield. In his personal statement following her death, he says she was: “A remarkable woman, a divisive figure but a politician who could mobilise both support and opposition in a way that fired British politics.”
The Brightside and Hillsborough MP said that he could never forgive what she did to his city but that she was always ‘deeply committed’ to her work. Speaking about Sheffield he said: “I have to say that I cannot forgive her for what she did, the mass redundancies, the damage to productive industry and the use of incapacity benefit.”
He told our website: “Above all, she preached that she believed in allowing people to make decisions, but actually used the power of the State to centralise power even further, to make the power of government overwhelming and in particular to destroy the autonomy of local government.”
He says that she taught him to understand your opponents ideology and take note of the way the electorate views them. He respects Lady Thatcher’s determination but not the things she did to the country.
Lady Thatcher’s funeral will be held tomorrow, on 17th April, at Westminster.
More about David: http://davidblunkett.typepad.com/ and http://www.parliament.uk/biographies/commons/mr-david-blunkett/395