University 18 Yrs + | Thatcherism
Thatcherism and Social Policies
Although Mrs Thatcher promoted a social conservatism in morality in her speeches, this came second to the promotion of individualism and she had voted in Parliament in the 1960s for the decriminalisation of homosexuality and abortion.
There was no attempt to impose this traditional morality, except for clause 28 of the Local Government Act, 1988 which prevented local authorities, and therefore schools, from ’intentionally promoting homosexuality’.
Changes in society would have made any reversion to traditional values impossible.
However the rhetoric was supported by many Conservative Party members and MPs, departing from this caused David Cameron significant problems with his party when he passed the Gay Marriages Act.
There was no significant attempt to advance any agenda in relation to equality of women or ethnic minority groups.