The death of Margaret Thatcher has been reported

So I’m getting my retaliation in first. Any moment the web is going to be filled with happy munchkins dancing round singing ‘Ding dong the witch is dead’. In fact there is even a Youtube video with the comment “Thumb up if you landed here after discovering Thatcher died”
People who’ve achieved nothing and are going nowhere will fall over each other to spit on the corpse, but I wonder if they’ve noticed that the politicians of at least four parties are already fighting over who gets the ruby slippers.
She belongs to history now, it will judge her. But we live in a different world from the one in which she won her first general election. She was part of what changed the world, with the collapse of communism, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and now the fact the China is probably more right wing that America.

I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him. The battles she fought are behind us, the generation now in power has other and more serious questions to face. I’d guess that this country will change more between now and 2049 than it has changed since 1979 when she won her first election.

4 thoughts on “The death of Margaret Thatcher has been reported

  1. willmacmillanjones April 8, 2013 at 3:02 pm Reply

    To bury Caesar. Very apt, Jim: When we recall what a tyrant Caesar really was. I would hope that the cost of her funeral is going to be picked up by private enterprise, and not be a drain on the state though.

    • jwebster2 April 8, 2013 at 3:07 pm Reply

      Shakespeare put the words into the mouth of Mark Anthony.
      The next fifteen years could be interesting 😉

  2. MTM April 8, 2013 at 4:19 pm Reply

    Wise words. As a woman, I admired her for getting to be PM but her last term was a nightmare, she became too powerful. The Career politician appeared for good in her time, bad, because a career politician is even less in touch with the real world than the professionals at other things who used to do it.

    Also, she may have been a conservative but as McOther often says, she wasn’t really, she was a liberal. Conservatives are wary of change. She certainly wasn’t.

    Was it worth closing the mines to preserve our coal until it went up in value in 50 years’ time? I don’t know, she took a gamble on our having the technology to get hold of it and I wonder if those millions of pounds in dole payments to out of work miners didn’t cost more in the end… who knows. The fact is, she was an iron lady and she did break new ground. Even those of us who don’t like her have to give her that.



  3. Rosen Trevithick (@RosenTrevithick) April 10, 2013 at 3:27 pm Reply

    I’ve been appalled by some of the negativity. As you say, many of the people who’re queuing up to criticise her have achieved nothing. Whatever happened to ‘Don’t speak ill of the dead’? I mean, I’m not saying that we should forget that she made some unpopular decisions but is there really any need for it right now?

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