Thatcherism describes the conviction, economic, social and political style of the British Conservative Party politician Margaret Thatcher, who was the leader of her party from 1975 to 1990. It has also been used to describe the principles of the British government under Thatcher as Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990 and beyond into the governments of John Major, Tony Blair, and David Cameron. An exponent of Thatcherism is regarded as a “Thatcherite.” Thatcherism represented a systematic, decisive rejection and reversal of the post-war consensus, whereby the major political parties largely agreed on the central themes of Keynesianism, the welfare state, nationalized industry and close regulation of the British economy. There was one major exception, the NHS, which was widely popular. In 1982, she promised the British people that the NHS is “safe in our hands”.
Which is a shame because the movie had an excellent chance to make a statement had it been willing to go off the rails a little bit (pun intended) and put some shading on these characters.