A Scottish Labour MSP has been slammed after claiming Scottish school children had more opportunity under Margaret Thatcher than they do now.
Jenny Marra made the comment during heated exchanges at First Minister’s Questions.
Referring to a story relating to school provision for children by Dundee council, the Labour MSP said: ” … the reality is First Minister that you and I had more opportunity at school under Thatcher than school children in Scotland have under your negligent government.”
The comments were met with howls of derision from SNP benches. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon retorted: “I’m glad to hear that Jenny Marra is confirming Labour admmiration for Margaret Thatcher. We’ve long suspected it.”
Margeret Thatcher was denounced after she stopped free milk for primary schoolchildren. As Education Secretary in Edward Heath’s government her decision in 1971 to stop the provision of milk for junior school pupils prompted the playground taunt “Thatcher, Thatcher, milk snatcher”.
Margaret Thatcher replaced Edward Heath in 1975. She went on to become Prime Minister in 1979 until resigning in 1990. Thatcher’s policies, which included using Scotland as a guinea-pig for the hated Poll Tax and the closing of the Ravenscraig Steel Works, contributed to the near wipe-out of the Conservative Party in Scotland in subsequent elections.
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