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On 16 Apr 2013 at 11:53pm me wrote:
Thatcher Thatcher the milk snatcher .
On 17 Apr 2013 at 6:47am Yawn... wrote:
You frequently start short boring threads by saying nothing. Do you not have anything interesting to say yourself?
On 17 Apr 2013 at 7:26am The old mayor wrote:
If withdrawing the school milk was bad why didn't those "marvellous" Labour people reinstate it then ?
On 17 Apr 2013 at 7:48am Sussex Jim wrote:
The free milk was withdrawn because not many children drank it. My wife recently told me that when she did domestic science at school they were told there was no need to bring any milk in, as there would be plenty of school milk left over.
On 17 Apr 2013 at 8:26am Nevil Rook wrote:
Utter rubbish Sussex Jim i was the milk monitor at my primary school in FINCHLEY and all our milk went some kids wanting more ! Though a lot of the girls used to add a pink powdered substance to it ? That was until Thatcher visited and made me reduntant at 11 years old ! Has any woman been hated more ?
On 17 Apr 2013 at 9:13am Grandpa wrote:
Schools often rendered it undrinkable by storing it next to central heating radiators.
On 17 Apr 2013 at 9:23am grafter wrote:
mmmn.....room temperature milk, I remember it well, not cold enough to be refreshing or warm enough to take the chill off a winters morning.Did it really cause suffering to stop it? Apart from to the monitors of course. My own peak of command was being a Sixer at cubs, it's been all downhill since then I'm afraid.
On 17 Apr 2013 at 10:20am jrsussex wrote:
Free milk at school was introduced to eradicate rickets etc so prevalent at the time but much less so towards the end of the 20th century. I remember when there was milk given in the morning and the afternoon later reduced to morning only. The size of the bottle was then decreased to approximately one third of a pint and then of course stopped altogether. The reduction and eventual end of free school milk was not due entirely to Thatcher, previous Governments both Tory and Labour had played their part in recognition that health care had advanced and the need for milk had greatly diminished.
On 17 Apr 2013 at 10:39am Merlin Milner wrote:
I suppose the only benefit was that fewer calves were killed in the milk production industry. For those who do not know or for those in denial, most calves are killed after birth so that 'their' milk can be used for human consumption. This is especailly true if they are male.
On 17 Apr 2013 at 11:22am Old Cynic wrote:
We used to get a Rich Tea biscuit with our milk!
On 17 Apr 2013 at 12:18pm Grandpa wrote:
We used to get a cod liver oil capsule.
On 17 Apr 2013 at 12:18pm Clifford wrote:
I remember at school doing everything I could to avoid drinking the milk and then, when I was made a prefect, doing everything I could to enforce drinking of milk. That example of the exercise of power was probably what made me subsequently become an anarchist.
On 17 Apr 2013 at 2:58pm Cuban Raft Rider wrote:
I can't remember anyone ever defending their unwillingness to drink the warm white stuff by declaring themselves lactose intolerant or opting for the gluten or nut free options at school dinners
What a fussy lot we've become perhaps, it's a good thing that British farmers by pass delivering to the schools by just pouring it directly down the drain them selves.
On 17 Apr 2013 at 4:23pm bastian wrote:
I remember being forced to drink the stuff, but alot of kids in the sixties and seventies weren't well off and didn't eat properly. I remember getting a scratch on the roof of my mouth from the waxed straw you had to drink it through, glerk!
On 17 Apr 2013 at 9:43pm ME wrote:
That's not ME - that's me - I am ME!
On 18 Apr 2013 at 6:32pm The Super K wrote:
Firstly, years before Margaret Thatcher's involvement, it was Harold Wilson's Labour Government who in 1968 were the actual milk snatchers. The Labour Government took away free milk from secondary schools, and so from all children over 11 years of age.
Yet, conveniently, these anti-Thatcherites never foam on about how terrible the Labour party were to do such a thing.
They prefer to focus on 1971 when Thatcher extended the original Labour party milk ban down a further 4 years to 7 year olds. Kids under 7 still had free milk at school under Thatcher.
So, whilst remaining strangely silent about the Labour party removing school milk 3 years before, the foamers will moan on and on about Thatcher extending its removal to the over 7s instead of just the over 11s.
And, they'll talk about it as if it had just happened, rather than it actually having happened over 40 years ago. Yep, they are obsessed with something that happened 40 years ago as if it happened yesterday.
The Labour party has been in power many times in that 40 years, yet they are never moaned at for not repealing the decision to cease free school milk, let alone moaned at for taking it away in the first place. Nope, the attention is still on Margaret Thatcher, bless these poor souls who scream about her being a 'milk snatcher'.
Free school milk is now only available to the under 5s. For everybody else it costs £15 a term, which isn't too bad.
Oh, and nobody screamed and wailed when it dropped down to being free for under 5s instead of for under 7s. I wonder why?
So, it's interesting looking at the mentality of these foamers who obsess about Margaret Thatcher and free school milk 40 years after the event.
On 18 Apr 2013 at 7:21pm Thatcherwasthebest wrote:
Well Said The Super K. The same is true of mine closures but these sad people choose to ignore the facts. Most of them weren't even old enough to remember her anyway.

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