A look back over the first eighteen months of Margaret Thatcher's reign as British Prime Minister in the 1980s. The clip includes part of her famous speech, when she announces that "the lady's not for turning". Thatcher used the success of ICI (a British chemical company) as proof that her government's policies were working, but ICI later disclosed that they were actually making a loss and had a slump in profits as the recession deepened. BBC Panorama investigated and looked at whether the government needed to change its policies.
Students could discuss what the key issues and policies were that led to questions being raised about the progress of the Thatcher government. Students could enquire about why the principles behind the polices of the government attracted both strong support as well as fierce opposition, and investigate to what extent the predictions made in the clip turned out to be true.