Interesting People # 144 - Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher only suffered one parliamentary defeat during her "reign" as prime minister - on Sunday trading laws.

(The UK trading act was eventually passed eight years later. But it still faced stiff opposition, and not just from religious groups, trade unions, and even some large stores such as Marks and Spencer and Waitrose were also opposed to the idea. Before Sunday opening, an interesting quote from a fictitious source stated: "If England has not been invaded since 1066, it is because foreigners dread having to spend a Sunday there.")

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