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Thatcher’s legacy felt in British economy

Some paid price for UK’s revival

NEWSTEAD, England — This is the bust-town Margaret Thatcher built. On a quest to slash waste, Thatcher, as prime minister, moved to shrink the unprofitable state coal industry in Britain — sparking a violent, countrywide miners strike that forever bored the year 1984 into the national consciousness.

When the dust cleared, she had broken the back of once untouchable unions and paved the way for a diverse and globalized energy sector.

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