NHS Reforms In Context: The Most Unpopular Reforms In History


The Huffington Post UK   First Posted: 20/02/2012 15:19 Updated: 20/02/2012 15:48

Andrew Lansley has suffered another day under fierce criticism over his planned NHS reforms.

The health secretary attended a health summit with medical professionals to discuss his reforms. However he was obstructed by angry protesters as he tried to enter Downing Street. He was heckled and was embarrassed as he got into an argument with the elderly Jean Hautot in front of news cameras.

Despite all the furore, we feel it is worth keeping in mind that this isn't the first controversial thing a government has ever done. Just so Lansley doesn't feel alone, we've put together a list of other moments when governments had to deal with perhaps much greater public opposition.

Community Charge Chaos
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Margaret Thatcher's decision to impose a "community charge" in her third term as Prime Minister provoked quite a storm of opposition among the public.

The charge, commonly known as the "poll tax", was a flat-rate local tax. Critics argued that it didn't take account of people's ability to pay and was an attack aimed at the working class.

The opposition made itself heard - with a series of disturbances and marches - that culminated in a demonstration on Saturday 31st March 1990.

The demonstration quickly turned violent as police struggled to combat protesters and stop them from rampaging.