Thatcher effectively died when she was stabbed in the back by her Cabinet
Last updated at 14:42, Thursday, 11 April 2013
I was a teenager, too young to vote when Margaret Thatcher came to power. As a lad, I had been sent home early from school because of the power cuts and read books by candlelight at home.
I sat in the car as my dad queued for petrol and I was amazed at the news reports of piles of rubbish in the streets and the dead bodies spilling out of mortuaries and into the corridors of hospitals.
As an A-level politics student and devout believer in equality of all sorts, I would have voted for her in 1979 if I could have.
By the time I qualified for a poll card, there was no chance she would get my vote.
I had been on too many marches and demos, I had heard and felt the resentment and hopelessness foaming in London and Manchester before erupting into riots in 1981.
Hemet-haired and steely-eyed, she was dogmatic, she was determined. Ruthless.
She was a conviction politician who never read the newspapers and had never heard of a focus group. She said: “Tell the people what you think and give them the choice.”
That sort of politician is long gone now, sadly, as all three main parties steal ideas and policies from each other.
She did transform the country, but she doesn’t deserve the hagiography coming from those on the right.
Not everything she did was for the country’s good. Then or now.
Her policies of selling off council house sales, changing working practices in The City and selling off public utilities have all come back to haunt us.
And while I can understand the hatred and animosity of others; celebrating her death doesn’t seem right either.
She made sweeping changes to a country that was on its knees.
But her battles with the unions ruined thousands and thousands of lives.
At a time when governments in Europe were prepared to support their manufacturing base and encourage and instigate changes, she declared ours “dead ducks”.
They had to stand on their own or fall. One of her famous phrases was: “You can’t buck the markets”. But closing mines, steel works, car factories and shipyards didn’t just affect those working there and didn’t just weaken the stranglehold the unions had on workers and working practices.
There was a far-reaching ripple effect as those businesses used by the workers to buy clothes or food – or anything really – faltered and failed as a consequence.
I don’t see why Parliament has to be recalled at such expense to pay tribute to her. A special day could be set aside for this after Parliament resumes.
I won’t be joining in any parties on the day of her funeral next Wednesday. The time for celebrating her demise was back in 1990 when she was ousted by her own Cabinet.
She really died the day she left No 10. Cause: Multiple stab wounds to the back. She has lingered on, wraith-like, ever since in the shadows of politics and of her own, failing mind.
One of the country’s most highly-respect left-leaning political commentators said that, on balance, what Mrs Thatcher achieved was worthwhile.
I’m not so sure. After all, her greatest legacy was to inspire Tony Blair...
First published at 14:41, Thursday, 11 April 2013
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
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The rubbish written by Dave had me smiling, Maggies downfall was the same as Tony Blairs, they get too big for their boots thinking they are more important than the electorate.She had to be removed as PM as she had become delusional, as for immigration blame our entry into the European community, immigration was at a steady rate until the floodgates to Europe were opened, poverty remains the same as it has done for decades , the rich get richer the poor get poorer .
People forget that Harold Wilson and Jim Callaghan closed many more coal mines than Mrs. T; 56 to 16 was something like the numbers. The difference was that Dear old Arthur Scargill didn't start a losing political strike against Harold the Red or Gentleman Jim.
Maggie's downfall was the Poll Tax, right in principle, but wrong in execution. After all why should a family of 8 or 10 using local amenities pay less that two pensioners. Had she chosen the "Local Income Tax Route" I do believe that she would never have been deposed; and the Nation would never have had to suffer deluge of immigrants and impoverisation brought by Blair through his multiculturalism stupidity and his wars.
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