The Margaret Thatcher Premiership

Can you guess these facts about Margaret Thatcher and her term as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom?
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Last updated: October 17, 2021
First submittedAugust 7, 2013
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Her political party
Conservative
Country the UK fought a
war against in 1982
Argentina
The name of that war
The Falklands War
U.S. President for most of her term
Ronald Reagan
Prime Minister who succeeded her
John Major
Group that tried to bomb Thatcher
during the party conference in 1984
Irish Republican Army
Thatcher's nickname
The Iron Lady
Actress who starred in Thatcher in
the 2011 movie with the above name
Meryl Streep
Group that went on strike in 1984,
called the most bitter industrial dispute
in British history
Coal Miners
Unpopular flat tax introduced
for all adults in 1990
Poll Tax
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Her twin children (name either)
Carol / Mark
Town where she was born
Grantham
First name of her husband
Denis
Constituency she represented
in Parliament
Finchley
Her maiden name
Roberts
 
 
Fill the blanks in these quotes
If you want something said, ask a man.
If you want something done, ask a woman.
You turn if you want to;
the Lady's not for turning
The problem with socialism is that you
eventually run out of other peoples' money
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Level 79
Oct 17, 2021
Anyone in the GOVERNMENT should be quiet about other people's money.
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Level 81
Oct 17, 2021
Thatcher had an other nickname -- the Milk Snatcher, after she discontinued the free school milk program.
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Level 63
Jan 10, 2022
Only for ages 7-11. Her predecessor, Edward Short, had already stopped free milk at secondary school age in 1968, while Shirley Williams would withdraw it for ages 5-7 in 1977.
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Level 55
Jan 10, 2022
That doesn't make it ok though
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Level 38
Jan 13, 2022
that makes it okay then
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Level 55
Oct 17, 2021
Thatcher: ''There is no such thing as society, only individuals.''

People: Let's make her sobriquet "The Iron Lady"

Thatcher: Nice, but there is no such thing as Iron. There are only 4 shells, 26 protons, 30 neutrons, and 26 electrons, all of which are individual components and have no relation :)

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Level 76
Oct 17, 2021
Funny how your view on chemistry is just as flawed as Thatcher's view on society.
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Level 55
Oct 17, 2021
Hopefully, my joke wasn't Thatcher's exact view on Chemistry, as she briefly studied chemistry at Oxford. Maybe that's why she switched to practicing law so quickly.....

Respectable PM, but that quote was bonkers.

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Level 75
Oct 17, 2021
Talk of "4 shells, 26 protons, 30 neutrons, and 26 electrons" sounds more like physics than chemistry to me.
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Level 80
Oct 18, 2021
^as I understand it, isn't Chemistry about the structure of the atom and Physics more to do with how atoms interact? We learnt about protons and the like in Chemistry in school but that is the limit of my knowledge
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Level 68
Jan 10, 2022
Yeah, agreed with brandybuck, I've taken more chemistry classes than I can count, and the structure of the atom has always been part of my chemistry curriculum. At the same time I'll acknowledge that chemistry and physics overlap a lot, and if you're talking about the energetics or forces of an atom, I would consider that physics.
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Level 77
Oct 19, 2021
She didn't briefly study Chemistry, she got a degree from Oxford in it and went on to work as a a chemist.
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Level 76
Oct 18, 2021
Could you accept "PIRA?"
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Level 77
Oct 18, 2021
The 'poll tax' was never officially called that, it was the Community Charge. That's accepted as an answer, but it should probably be the other way round - i.e. accept 'poll tax', but have the official name as the answer.
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Level 86
Oct 18, 2021
Nearly every time I hear Thatcher's name, I think of Rik Mayall's character Rick "the people's poet" from The Young Ones. Writing hilarious scathing poems, breaking the fourth wall with comments like "Neil, the bathroom's free, unlike the country under the Thatcherite junta", and of course, threatening that he'll blow up London with the bomb in their kitchen if she doesn't do something to help "the kids" by that afternoon.

Good Times! :-)

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Level 66
Oct 19, 2021
Anyone else come here hoping for a Thatcher quiz that had a European Football theme?
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Level 34
Jan 10, 2022
no
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Level 55
Jan 10, 2022
I'm assuming this is a joke, given Thatcher tried to destroy football and it's culture
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Level 70
Jan 10, 2022
I'd ask people consider whether celebrating someone's death, regardless of who they are, is really a good look.

The extra fact that the person in question is a democratically elected PM who won a 100+ seat majority in her third general election - Blair only won a 66 seat majority in his 3rd GE - suggests that the history might be a little more nuanced than Twitter and Facebook bubbles lead many of us to believe.

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Level 68
Jan 10, 2022
@Alex, I agree with you. I'm not British so I may not have the knowledge on Thatcher that British people do, but even if she was a bad person, I feel like it's not right to actively celebrate her death. Like her or not, she was the first female head of government in the West, which IMO is a pretty big achievement (something that still hasn't happened in America yet). Also, even if you hate her, there's always people out there who love her--her supporters yes, but more importantly, her family and friends. If you actively cheer her death, how does that make those people feel?

I'm totally fine with people criticizing the dead and pointing out their flaws, but celebrating is a bit much.

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Level 34
Jan 10, 2022
+1 for Alex and JWatson.
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Level ∞
Jan 10, 2022
Just in case AlexThirkell's comment seems to come out of nowhere, I had to delete a lot of hateful comments. There were many more on this quiz than, for example, the quiz about Hitler.

Feel free to hate Margaret Thatcher but if you are celebrating the death of a democratically-elected leader, you can do it somewhere else. I hear Twitter is good for that. JetPunk is a hate-free space.

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Level 74
Jan 11, 2022
I'm going to try to report on this trivia as objectively as possible, but nearly 75 years after its initial release, "Ding-Dong the Witch is Dead" performed at #1 on Scottish singles charts and #2 on the UK singles chart. The counter-campaign, which encouraged sales of a song called "I'm in Love with Margaret Thatcher" to make it chart higher, only topped out at #35 on UK singles charts. Whether you are in either camp, it's still true that openly despising Thatcher and celebrating her demise is by no means a niche political stance (especially in places victimized by British imperialism). It's sociologically inaccurate/incomplete to insinuate otherwise, that it's only social media "bubbles."

And, yes, here is not the best place to celebrate like that, I'm not surprised that QM would remove comments.

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Level 70
Jan 15, 2022
That song - It got about 50,000 sales/downloads. For context that's about 1/4 of the number of labour party members at the time.

Almost literally the definition of niche. No one in public life wanted anything to do with it. The only reason it got a lot of news coverage was because it was so distasteful.

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Level 54
Jan 10, 2022
I do find it funny how some people are still so pressed about someone who was out of power over 30 years ago and been dead for over 10
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Level 86
Jan 10, 2022
Well, nearly 10. She died in 2013.
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Level 68
Jan 12, 2022
because some of us are still living with the consquences of her reign
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Level 59
Jan 12, 2022
that's like laughing at someone for hating Ronald Reagan today. the effects of their reign are still felt today and tarnish the names of the countries they represent—why wouldn't people be pressed about them?
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Level 70
Jan 12, 2022
The day we stop being pressed (pissed?) about previous leaders is the day we repeat their mistakes.
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Level 50
Jan 10, 2022
Maybe accept "NUM" (National Union of Miners) as a type-in for the strike question? I was stumped until I realised it was just a general word that was wanted.
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Level 50
Jan 10, 2022
“Actress who starred in Thatcher in the 2011 movie with the above name”

Shouldn’t the first ‘in’ be an ‘as’?

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Level 50
Jan 10, 2022
Add a question about the Wizard of Oz.
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Level 58
Jan 10, 2022
Frankie Boyle summed it up best when there was a debate whether she should be given a state funeral at a cost of £3m to the UK taxpayer:

"For 3 million you could give everyone in Scotland a shovel, and we could dig a hole so deep we could hand her over to Satan in person"

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Level 27
Jan 11, 2022
maggies in the mud
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Level 63
Jan 12, 2022
Someday you will be too, but she will have been PM and you'll have been just another quiz addict :)
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Level 59
Jan 12, 2022
and she'll be infinitely more hated than your average quiz taker. better to be forgotten than despised :)
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Level 29
Jan 17, 2022
booooooooo, why would you non-consensually put her face on my screen like this