Oft-repeated mantra by Margaret Thatcher
to explain the need to implement neo-liberalist
economic policies, such as monetarism
, during her tenure. In hindsight her policies are regarded by many as the nasty but necessary measures that were needed to get Britain out of its winter of discontent
mindset, although the three million unemployed
under her regime would probably have a less charitable view
. She used this riposte so often it got shortened to TINA
In South Africa recently, a counterslogan was coined in the campaign to get the debt burden canceled: THEMBA stands for There Must Be an Alternative. In Zulu, the word 'themba' means hope.