As 1979 dawned, the UK was in the twin grip of a ferocious winter and a general strike of public sector workers. Not only was the garbage not being collected, but also the dead were being left unburied. This was the so-called “winter of discontent”. The weather was particularly awful for us here in Sheffield, where there had been massive blizzards on 14 January, 14 February, and 14 March, and of course the gritters were on strike. The whole city was whited out for three months. I have never known anything like it before or since, including the winter of 1963 (which I had experienced), which was the second worst winter of the 20th century after that of 1948 (which happened before I was born). There had been a minority Labour government since 1974, retaining power only by means of a pact with the Liberals. This was not a good time.
Meanwhile, a lady called Margaret Thatcher had become the first (and so far only) ever female leader of the Conservative Party. There was a General Election in October, which the Conservatives won, and for the first (and so far only) time the UK had a woman as Prime Minister.
I reblog this as on 9 September this year, the UK gets a second female Prime Minister!!!