The UK Bible Students
Margaret Thatcher-Britain in 1979
Margaret Thatcher, The Downing Street Years
‘Britain in 1979 was a nation that had had the stuffing knocked out of
it with progressively more severe belabourings over the previous hundred years.
Beginning in the 1880s, our industrial supremacy had been steadily
eroding in the face of first American, then German
be sure, some part of this erosion was inevitable and even welcome.
As the pioneer of the industrial revolution, Britain enjoyed a head
start over its competitors that was bound to diminish as nations with larger
populations and more abundant natural resources entered the race.
But since their rise
would mean the growth of large export markets for Britain as well as fierce
competition in domestic and third markets – Imperial Germany, for instance, was
Britain's second largest export market in 1914 – this commercial rivalry was
more blessing than curse.’