MARGARET THATCHER has been named the worst prime minister of the past 100 years.
She narrowly beat David Cameron as she topped a poll by the Historical Writers Association which surveyed its membership on their views of the 19 prime ministers who have led the UK since 1916.
Thatcher passed away in 2013 but was prime minister from 1979 to 1990 and the leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990. Those who took part in the poll said it was her attitude to society that was the problem with her premiership. One member of the Historical Writers Association said: “She destroyed too many good things in society, and created too many bad ones.”
However, Paddy Ashdown, former leader of the Liberal Democrats, begged to differ: “I disagreed with Mrs Thatcher, I fought her all the way. But I thought she was a great and necessary destroyer. Some of those old structures she pulled down had to be pulled down, but what she wasn’t was a builder.”
Thatcher came first with 24 per cent of the vote, followed by David Cameron (22 per cent) and Neville Chamberlain came third (17 per cent). Tony Blair was in fourth place, with 11 per cent of the vote, followed by Gordon Brown and Edward Heath with 8 per cent.