Monday, April 8, 2013

Margaret Thatcher

As you have undoubtedly heard, Margaret Thatcher died today.  From the BBC:

Former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher has died “peacefully” at the age of 87 after suffering a stroke while staying at the Ritz hotel in central London.

David Cameron called her a “great Briton” and the Queen spoke of her sadness at the death.

Lady Thatcher was Conservative prime minister from 1979 to 1990. She was the first woman to hold the role.

She will not have a state funeral but will be accorded the same status as Princess Diana and the Queen Mother.

The ceremony, with full military honours, will take place at London’s St Paul’s Cathedral.

I will leave it to others to discuss and debate her legacy.  Personally I was impressed with her determination to be a leader in the face of strong opposition that had nothing whatsoever to do with her policies but because of her gender, even from within her own party.  For that she deserves a great deal of credit and honor.

I hold her family in the Light.

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  1. Bobby, you are perhaps too kind – literally. Ms. Thatcher was, in my opinion, the perfect proof that women in politics are no better than men in politics – perhaps they are worse. 🙁

  2. Personally I was impressed with her determination to be a leader in the face of strong opposition that had nothing whatsoever to do with her policies but because of her gender, even from within her own party.

    So: her screwing her LGBT citizens, her pensioners, her rail and mine workers; her rampant selling off of public assets just to improve the short-term bottom line; etc etc, were all because she was a woman? Really?

    There may have been sexism in the opposition camps, but Thatcher’s policies had plenty of strength from real defensible policy foundations. And some of her policies were pretty ugly: during her time, the Home Office was inundated with complaints from transnational LGBT couples that hetero couples where one was not a UK citizen were both eligible for benefits but the LGBT ones weren’t – and in response to the complaints the Home Office cancelled all such benefits for all transnational couples (rather than give them to the few LGBT folk who complained). Take a look at Section 28 for another example of her rigid, narrow-minded, intolerant acts as PM. There are plenty of folks out there with far better – and longer – lists of her less-savory agenda items. Her economic policies may be fairly tame compared to the current Teahad, but her social policies would have made Dobson and Falwell dance for joy – and seeing those cold-hearted policies coming from a woman, a wife and a mother made them seem just that much worse.

    We’ve talked plenty about places like the Eagle Forum and people like Phyllis Shlafly, including how they relates to their own families. Imagine Shlafly running a country: THAT was Thatcher.

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