The Guardian has a great series of graphs trying to summarize the impact of the Thatcher years.
[Disclaimer: I loathed her.]
This one is my “favorite”:
As the article notes,
“As Britain learnt to come to terms with the idea of “no such thing as society”, unemployment shot up under the Conservatives to levels not seen since the Great Depression. The figures show how it lags behind the economy – even after the recession was over, many were unemployed.”
And housing prices:
For more on the Thatcher legacy, you must read this blog post by PhilBC, over at A Very Public Sociologist.