Or you can blame subsequent governments for not taking down the reforms... or is it that they actually wanted them in place while they were in power? If you didn't like something that was put in place 30 years ago - subsequent inaction is just as much to blame if those reforms are now causing issues. But biased thinking fails to accept that. But they didn't fall apart immediately, and possibly not at all. As stated above, 40+% of the country voted for Thatcher, more than voted for Blair or any subsequent government. She had landslide victories to support her. The "eyesore" that you see is someone else's functional structure. If subsequent governments didn't think the functionality was needed or desired anymore - why didn't they rip it down? They had the opportunity - but all you see is the "eyesore" and not the inaction by subsequent governments to take it down. Its ridiculous to blame the architect for putting in place what was needed at the time and not blame others for removing it when they felt it wasn't.