This reminds me of something I didn't say here - Thatcher determined my "career" path. The running down of universities in the 1980s, and the expansion of the City, pretty much compelled me away from an academic career in the mid-80s and into the City. Several good judges told me (I think I quote accurately): "if you get a PhD you'll be unemployable in this country."
In this sense, Thatcher made me the man I am. This raises two questions.
1. I know it's dangerous to generalize from personal experience, but I guess it's fair to say that Thatcher had a deeper impact on more (English) people's lives than most Prime Ministers (barring Churchill); can anyone say that John Major influenced their fate as much as Thatcher influenced mine and my contemporaries? Is it a good thing that we can say this?
2. Should I be grateful for this enforced choice? Yup, I'm richer than I would have been had I followed my first-choice career. But this wealth came at a high price. Is my modest contentment at this bargain a reason to be grateful to Thatcher? Or is it an example of adaptive preferences? Or is my lack of a career choice another reason to hate Thatcher?
I honestly don't know.