‘Britain needs Margaret Thatcher’: Voters aged 18 to 24 choose the Iron Lady as the best former Prime Minister to be in charge of tackling Covid-19 and Brexit
- Even in Scotland, voters yearn for Maggie Thatcher’s famous resolute approach
- Thatcher nostalgia is shared by Northerners, who bore brunt of unemployment
- They are the findings of an online survey of 2,000 people by JL Partners
They weren’t born until years after she had lost power, but the young adults dubbed Generation Z wish Maggie Thatcher was still around to sort out Covid and Brexit.
Even in Scotland, where she was reviled by many during her term as PM between 1979 and 1990, voters yearn for her resolute approach.
Thatcher nostalgia is also shared by Northerners, who bore the brunt of mass unemployment in her early years.
They weren’t born until years after she had lost power, but the young adults dubbed Generation Z wish Maggie Thatcher was still around to sort out Covid and Brexit
They are the findings of an online survey of 2,000 people by JL Partners which asked voters which of Britain’s eight previous prime ministers dating back to 1976 they wish was here to tackle the crises faced by the UK in 2020.
A total of 32 per cent favoured Mrs Thatcher, followed by Tony Blair on 11 per cent. Surprisingly, she also came top among 18 to 24-year-olds – Generation Z
A total of 15 per cent of this group chose the Iron Lady – who died in 2013 – putting her in first place.
A total of 35 per cent of Northerners wish she could come to the rescue. Mr Blair follows on 10 per cent, with Theresa May on a paltry one per cent.
Meanwhile, a total of 22 per cent of Scots opted for Mrs Thatcher, compared to six per cent for Scottish former Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
A total of 32 per cent favoured Mrs Thatcher, followed by Tony Blair (pictured) on 11 per cent. Surprisingly, she also came top among 18 to 24-year-olds – Generation Z
James Johnson of JL Partners said: ‘There is a frustration that our current politicians do not take the tough decisions, stand up for what is right, and follow rather than lead.
‘For many voters at the last election Boris Johnson provided hope of being a leader who would be a change from this.
‘But they are disappointed, now describing him in focus groups as weak and confused rather than strong and decisive.
‘For all their faults and despite disagreements, politicians like Margaret Thatcher – and even Tony Blair – had a view of what they wanted to do, and got it done.’