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The end of an era: Good or bad

Margaret Thatcher. What does a girl from a West Yorkshire mining community say of her?

EM Margaret Thatcher
Margaret Thatcher

She hurt most of us. She earned the respect of some of us. She changed our lives – some for better, some for worse.

She was impossible to ignore, difficult to love, hard to gainsay. To women she showed the value of strength, ambition and self-belief... then refused to promote women behind her.

She shaped a huge part of British life – for good and ill. Views on Margaret Thatcher’s career, her power and stubborn determination to have her way, will and do vary widely and ferociously.

But for this Yorkshire lass, the appalled shock of my young niece Claire, who recoiled in horror when Maggie Thatcher was ousted from Downing Street by her own party, tells the clearest story of the Iron Lady’s career and contribution.

Looking on John Major, that grey man who failed to fill his boss’s shoes, Claire gasped.

“That’s not possible! Men aren’t allowed to be prime ministers,” she said. “They’re not, are they?”

Mrs Thatcher’s premiership had spanned the whole of Claire’s life. Her departure left a strange, uncomfortable void in the youngster’s perception of solidity.

And so it will be for many now, as the tributes, bouquets and brickbats flow. On whichever side of the Thatcher divide we fall, there’s no denying an important chapter in this country’s history has closed.

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I have been a labor voter all my life,but i must say that Thatcher stood up to the Union
Baron's and we should thank her for that.
Union's all over the world have lost the plot,
they don't represent the rank and file member's anymore,Check out the union leaders life style's, fancy houses,flash car's, overseas holidays, they are so far removed from what is actually going on in the work place it is obscene.We need more leaders like thatcher,it's a pity the Labor party MP's don't have the same Bravery that Ms Thatcher had.

Posted by Denton Holme on 30 April 2013 at 21:54

Thatcher came at a time, when men were used to having their own way to some extent, it was different roles in those days, the pubs and clubs had still a lot of men only rules,
the unions were out of control, and did not care about other working class people, so thatcher was an extreme to another extreme which was the unions, and to this day she is blamed for greed, selfishness, destruction, really?
people should actually stop blaming thatcher and look at themselves, people are not selfish because of thatcher they are selfish because they choose to be,
what the unions did to us , was just as harsh as what thatcher did to the union barons,
the unions stopped burials, gave us power cuts, held the country to ransom, well let me tell you about this working class man,
Neither unions or the conservatives really stood up for us, the difference was we could vote Thatcher out, but the unions were elitest amongst themselves, and the people you hurt most pre 1979 was the the working class, keep your heads stuck in the sand keep blaming thatcher, but many many people have seen through the far left, just look at the spite against Thatcher , and look at the people spouting it, George Galloway, Arthur Scargill, Morrissey, Gerry Adams, says a lot doesnt it

Posted by charlie of the north on 19 April 2013 at 15:35

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