Thatcher the milk snatcher

The hatred for Margaret Thatcher in Liverpool continues to this day.  It’s hilarious.

Talking to anybody in their 50s or above, it’s not long before they start saying, “Thatcher, Thatcher, milk snatcher!” and groan on about how wrong and evil she was to take away free milk from school children.

As they talk, veins start to pop out in their forehead and they clench their fists as if they are making ready to punch her. (Punching is the common solution to all problems around here.)

They foam on about the milk thing as if it had just happened.  The reality is a lot different.

Firstly, years before Margaret Thatcher’s involvement, it was Harold Wilson‘s Labour Government who in 1968 were the actual milk snatchers.  The Labour Government took away free milk from secondary schools, and so from all children over 11 years of age.

Yet, conveniently, these anti-Thatcherites never foam on about how terrible the Labour party were to do such a thing.

They prefer to focus on 1971 when Thatcher extended the original Labour party milk ban down a further 4 years to 7 year olds.  Kids under 7 still had free milk at school under Thatcher.

So, whilst remaining strangely silent about the Labour party removing school milk 3 years before, the foamers will moan on and on about Thatcher extending its removal to the over 7s instead of just the over 11s.

And, they’ll talk about it as if it had just happened, rather than it actually having happened over 40 years ago. Yep, they are obsessed with something that happened 40 years ago as if it happened yesterday.

The Labour party has been in power many times in that 40 years, yet they are never moaned at for not repealing the decision to cease free school milk, let alone moaned at for taking it away in the first place.  Nope, the attention is still on Margaret Thatcher, bless these poor souls who scream about her being a ‘milk snatcher’.

Free school milk is now only available to the under 5s.  For everybody else it costs £15 a term, which isn’t too bad.

Oh, and nobody screamed and wailed when it dropped down to being free for under 5s instead of for under 7s.  I wonder why?

So, it’s interesting looking at the mentality of these foamers who obsess about Margaret Thatcher and free school milk 40 years after the event.  Are they maaaaad?  Yep, they’re maaaaaaaad.


  1. Try asking one of the foamers how much of Thatcher's legislation was revoked under 13 years of Labour, union controls and privatisation for instance.

    It doesn't matter what the problem is, the default position always reverts to “It's Fatcher's fault innit”.

    Never underestimate the ability of the left to rewrite history – watch the reaction when you remind them Hitler was a Socialist.


  2. My hatred of the mad old bat stems from nothing as simple as milk, but from the occasion where the implementation of a particularly poorly written bill intended to curb bad behaviour of landlords instead made things tremendously more difficult for tenants on social security, causing so much extra despair amongst those who were already in serious difficulties that the suicide rate tripled when it was passed.

    It took three weeks for her to get around to fixing it.

    I will never forgive her for those deaths.


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