Nigel Lawson- The Economic Blockbuster behind Thatcherism, Passes Away at 91


Nigel Lawson, one of the political and economic forces behind Margaret Thatcher’s reign as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, has passed away at 91 years old. His achievements as Chancellor of the Exchequer included halving unemployment, reducing inflation, and creating a budget surplus. The “Big Bang” of 1986, which allowed for a surge in electronic trading on the London Stock Exchange, was also an element of his tenure. In addition, Lawson was a vocal critic of Britain’s involvement with the European Union and an outspoken advocate for Britain’s exit from the bloc.

Beyond his political legacy, Lawson was also well known for his weight-loss success and bestselling book “The Nigel Lawson Diet Book”. His daughter, Nigella Lawson, became a popular celebrity chef, eclipsing her father in the public eye. In recent years, Nigel Lawson has also been at the forefront in challenging the popular perceptions of global warming. He founded a think tank called the Global Warming Policy Foundation to expose the “intellectual bankruptcy of the climate change establishment”, and authored the climate change manifesto, “An Appeal to Reason: A Cool Look at Global Warming”.

Mr. Lawson was born on March 11, 1932 in a wealthy Hampstead suburb of London and was educated at the Westminster School and Christ Church, Oxford. He started out as a financial journalist for The Financial Times in 1956, soon after marrying Vanessa Salmon, a glamorous socialite. After having four children, the couple eventually divorced in 1980. He then remarried Thérèse Maclear, a former House of Commons researcher, with whom he had two children before their divorce in 2012.

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