Maggie Didn't Cure The `British Disease'

Sadly, your review of Charles Dellheim's The Disenchanted Isle: Mrs. Thatcher's Capitalist Revolution (Books, Aug. 28) peddles many of the distortions of Britain's New Right. When Mrs. Thatcher came to power, inflation was not at 22%, nor was unemployment at 15%; both were much lower. They reached such dizzying heights only after a year or two of Mrs. Thatcher's economic experiments.

And not even Mrs. Thatcher would pretend that the "British disease" was exclusively due to socialists' spending too much on the National Health Service, defense, housing, and social security. The private sector, particularly manufacturing, had long been weak and inefficient. For generations, supposedly intelligent Brits have avoided wealth-

creating activities.

Without doubt, Mrs. Thatcher made some improvements around the edges. But it is doubtful if Britain's cultural malaise has really been cured, let alone seriously analyzed.

Henry Tinsley

Tinsley Foods Ltd.

Peterborough, England