BREAKING: Margaret Thatcher Dead at 87


Margaret Thatcher *1925 – + 2013
British Prime Minister 1979 – 1990

Margaret Thatcher, aged 87, has died her family announced. De mortuis nihil, nisi bene. So I hold my tongue.

19 thoughts on “BREAKING: Margaret Thatcher Dead at 87

  1. I remember the winter before Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister – they called it the Winter of Discontent.

    I did my homework by candlelight, power was rationed as the coal miners and power station workers were on strike, we had to give up power 4 or 5 nights a week in favour of the hospital down the road. The municipal workers were on strike, so the rubbish wasn’t being collected and was in the streets, or around the side of the house where the rats could go after it. Ambulances were being driven by the army, even the nurses were doing 1-day strikes at the hospitals. The lorry drivers were out too so petrol wasn’t being distrubuted and the refineries were disrupted. Even the morgues were full of dead people as the gravediggers were on strike too.

    The IMF was loaning the then Labour government money else we’d have gone bankrupt.

    It was bad before May 1979. Margaret Thatcher presented an alternative, the lesser of two evils perhaps. Yes, I voted for her twice in General Elections, I voted for the Liberals in municipal elections.

    Should be interesting reliving some of those days in the papers in the next few days.

    • Doesn’t seem so far from the truth…. Thatcher and Reagan provided almost as much comedic material as Chimpy McCodpiece would almost singlehandedly decades later..

    • Her legacy is public division, private selfishness and a cult of greed…

      Yes, her and Haint Ronnie were two of the same.

  2. Oh and I voted NO on the state funeral – along with 87% of the other people who voted. Last PM to get one was Churchill …. nuff said.

      • Well there you need to look at some of the numbers….. and pick the ones that matter. I described my personal experience of the Winter of Discontent, and the state of country before she became PM. Many things changed – if you were a miner or a steelworker or a car maker….. not a chance. A small businessman, Thatcher was great for you.

        I think she did leave the country better than she found it in many ways …. but it was a very high price for many.

        And by giving here a State Funeral we elevate here to Winston Churchill’s status? I think not.

  3. Voting for Maggie Thatcher (first term) was my first political act.
    The irony is that whilst she chastised the unions of their lack of modern realism, she herself was quite imperious, and became more so (especially because of her relationship with Reagan which I think gave her an imagined sense of relevance and power that wasn’t actually worth a damn).
    She totally lost the plot in her third term.

    Totally agree–NO state funeral.

    Maggie provided some practical leadership at first, but then ignored some significant social issues, and even exacerbated them. I don’t see HOW she “helped win the Cold War” . And she laid strong foundations for the arch-capitalism that has made the current British economy the miserable shambles that it is today.

    After Churchill, the only PM who deserves a State funeral will be the one who establishes a much more equitable society than at present exists in the UK.

  4. John Fugelsang on Margaret Thatcher:

    “I wanted to find an appropriate way to honor Margaret Thatcher today so I took milk away from poor children whilst calling Nelson Mandela a terrorist.”

  5. Billy Bragg offers thoughts on Margaret Thatcher

    “This is not a time for celebration. The death of Margaret Thatcher is nothing more than a salient reminder of how Britain got into the mess that we are in today. Of why ordinary working people are no longer able to earn enough from one job to support a family; of why there is a shortage of decent affordable housing; of why domestic growth is driven by credit, not by real incomes; of why tax-payers are forced to top up wages; of why a spiteful government seeks to penalise the poor for having an extra bedroom; of why Rupert Murdoch became so powerful; of why cynicism and greed became the hallmarks of our society.

    Raising a glass to the death of an infirm old lady changes none of this. The only real antidote to cynicism is activism. Don’t celebrate – organise!”

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