Consider the Majority
This song reflects its time, Leon observing the re-election of Thatcher in 1983 followed by the subsequent behaviour of her government. In context, the majority of which Leon speaks is representative of a conservative strand of society for whom conformity, observation of law and unflinching acceptance of the will of the powerful is a way of life. Whether Thatcher supporters ever did represent a numerical majority is debatable (the 1983 election was won on 42% of the vote, much of which was made up of anti-Labour sentiment), but this section of society which broadly supported her held sway in the corridors of power.
"Written in a state of some anger and frustration after Thatcher's triumph at the polls in 1983 and the subsequent defeat of the miners' strike." - LR (sleevnotes to Perspectives, 1997)