The Hated Ex UK Prime Minister Maggie Thatcher is now dead
By Dark Politricks
It has just been reported by the BBC that the hated ex Tory Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has died at the age of 87.
Baroness Thatcher was the only female PM in UK history and she was responsible for the devastating privatisation policies of the 80’s.
Although her policies opened up many nationalised markets such as energy and telecommunications to private investment it also destroyed many working class communities all over the country, especially whole towns of people who relied on work at local mines or ship yards which were shut down.
She was responsible for the massive destruction of union power and her war with Arthur Scargill led to the closure of many mines, high unemployment figures and battles between soldiers dressed up as policemen and striking miners which were the highlight of news programmes although the early 80’s.
The cost analysis benefit of subsiding the mines versus the cost of putting whole towns on unemployment benefit, the crime from drugs and drink and other social ills that led from the hopelessness she created were undoubtedly pro-subsidy.
However the Tory right were only thinking short term and the destruction of the unions and the move to privatisation was more important than the high unemployment and social ills it cost the country.
Please don’t forget as the current Tory government is busy demonising people in receipt of benefits and busy moving people off disability allowance and back onto the much lower benefit “jobseekers allowance”. That it was in-fact the Tory government of Thatcher that was responsible for “massaging” the unemployment figures in the first place, by switching people from “the dole” to “the sick”, so that they could claim that unemployment was failing when in reality it wasn’t.
3 million unemployed was a regular figure heard on the news during Thatchers time as Prime Minister.
She was responsible for privatising the national railways which has been a massive failure as well as numerous other neo-liberal economic policies which the right claimed “modernised” the UK in comparison to the rest of Europe. In reality it has led to the current situation we have now in which all 3 major political parties are centre based leaving no real choice for the electorate.
There is no major party that can call itself left or right any-more. We just have a mob of centrist politicians all debating over how much austerity we should be suffering to pay for the banks mistakes.
It was the long years out of power during Thatchers reign that made Tony Blair decide to “modernise” the Trade Unionist Labour party all but destroying it’s links with the unions and making it another pro-war, neo-con leaning, bankster loving party of the centre right.
Some even say Tony Blair’s Labour government was to the right of Thatcher with his over bearing policies of police surveillance, anti-terrorism acts that removed peoples liberties and his alliance with the Americans in their multiple wars.
Today will be a day of sadness for many on the right of politics and I wouldn’t be surprised to see even supposed “left” wing leaders pay their respects to the ex Tory leader who helped destroy all meaning in voting Labour at the polling booths.
For others it will be seen as a day of celebration.
Baroness Thatcher was the hated figure that caused massive unemployment, high interest rates, Black Wednesday and our removal from the European Exchange Rate Mechanism. She was also responsible for the Poll Tax riots, the Falklands war and the creation of vast wastelands in the north of England.
To people affected by her economic policies in a negative way I cannot see them visiting her funeral to see her off unless it’s to make sure she has really died!
From the BBC News report
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.
The union jack above Number 10 Downing Street has been lowered to half-mast while Parliament will be recalled from its Easter recess on Wednesday to enable MPs to pay tributes to the former prime minister.
After cancelling planned talks in Paris with French President Francois Hollande and returning to the UK, Mr Cameron made a statement outside No 10 in which he described Lady Thatcher as “the patriot prime minister” and said she had “taken a country that was on its knees and made it stand tall again”.
“Margaret Thatcher loved this country and served it with all she had. For that she has her well-earned place in history – and the enduring respect and gratitude of the British people,” he said.BBC political editor Nick Robinson said Lady Thatcher had been a controversial politician who inspired “passion” among both her critics and supporters.
Her government privatised several state-owned industries and was involved in a year-long stand-off with unions during the Miners’ Strike of 1984-5. She was also in power when the UK fought a war following Argentina’s invasion of the Falkland Islands in 1982.
Lady Thatcher survived an assassination attempt in 1984, when the IRA bombed the Brighton Grand Hotel, where she was staying for the Conservative Party’s annual conference.
During her later years in office she became increasingly associated with Euroscepticism. She is also seen as one of the key movers behind the fall of communism in eastern Europe.
She stood down in 1990 after she failed to beat Michael Heseltine by enough votes to prevent his leadership challenge going into a second round.
The Life of Margaret Thatcher
- 13 October 1925 – Born Margaret Hilda Roberts in Grantham, Lincolnshire
- 1951 – Married businessman Denis Thatcher
- 1959 – Becomes MP for Finchley
- 1970 – Made minister for education
- 1975 – Elected Conservative leader
- 1979 – Becomes UK’s first female prime minister
- 1982 – Falklands War
- 1983 – Elected prime minister for second time
- 1984 – Survives Grand Hotel bombing
- 1984-5 – Takes on unions in Miners’ Strike
- 1987 – Wins third term in Downing Street
- 1990 – Resigns as prime minister
- 1992 – Stands down as MP and accepts peerage
- 2002 – Retires from public speaking
- 8 April 2013 – Dies after suffering a stroke
World leaders and senior UK figures have been paying tribute to Lady Thatcher.
US President Barack Obama said the world had “lost one of the great champions of freedom and liberty” and that “America has lost a true friend”.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would “never forget her part in surmounting the division of Europe and at the end of the Cold War”.
Ahead of his return to the UK, Mr Cameron told the BBC: “Margaret Thatcher succeeded against all the odds. The real thing is she didn’t just lead our country; she saved our country.
“I believe she will go down as the greatest British peacetime prime minister.”
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “The Queen was sad to hear the news of the death of Baroness Thatcher. Her Majesty will be sending a private message of sympathy to the family.”
Lady Thatcher was born Margaret Roberts, the daughter of a shopkeeper and Conservative councillor in Grantham, Lincolnshire, in 1925.
She studied chemistry at Oxford University and worked for a plastics company before marrying businessman Denis Thatcher in 1951.
She gave birth to twins Mark and Carol in 1953, the year she also qualified as a barrister, and served as MP for Finchley, north London, from 1959 to 1992.
Having been education secretary, she successfully challenged former prime minister Edward Heath for her party’s leadership in 1975 and won general elections in 1979, 1983 and 1987.
Sir John Major, who replaced Lady Thatcher as prime minister in 1990, called her a “true force of nature”.
He added: “Her outstanding characteristics will always be remembered by those who worked closely with her: courage and determination in politics, and humanity and generosity of spirit in private.”
Former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair called her a “towering figure”, while his successor Gordon Brown praised her “determination and resilience”.
Baroness Thatcher’s funeral route
- Baroness Thatcher is to have a ceremonial funeral – a step short of a state funeral – with military honours to be held at St Paul’s Cathedral in London
- The funeral parade will begin at Chapel of St Mary Undercroft at the Palace of Westminster
- A hearse will take the body to the RAF Chapel at the church of St Clement Danes on the Strand
- Baroness Thatcher’s coffin will be transferred to a gun carriage and drawn by the Kings Troop Royal Artillery to St Paul’s Cathedral
- The route is to be lined by all three armed forces
Labour leader Ed Miliband said Lady Thatcher had been a “unique figure” who “reshaped the politics of a whole generation”.
He added: “The Labour Party disagreed with much of what she did and she will always remain a controversial figure. But we can disagree and also greatly respect her political achievements and her personal strength.”
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg described Lady Thatcher as one of the “defining figures in modern British politics”, adding: “She may have divided opinion during her time in politics but everyone will be united today in acknowledging the strength of her personality and the radicalism of her politics.”
London Mayor Boris Johnson tweeted: “Very sad to hear of death of Baroness Thatcher. Her memory will live long after the world has forgotten the grey suits of today’s politics.”
UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage called Lady Thatcher a “great inspiration”, adding: “Whether you loved her or hated her nobody could deny that she was a great patriot, who believed passionately in this country and her people. A towering figure in recent British and political history has passed from the stage. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.”
Lady Thatcher, who retired from public speaking in 2002, had suffered poor health for several years. Her husband Denis died in 2003. She had been staying at the Ritz hotel since being discharged from hospital at the end of last year.
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