RIP-margaret-thatcher

Thatcher will only be fondly remembered by sentimentalists who did not suffer under her leadership, but the majority of British working people have forgotten her already, and the people of Argentina will be celebrating her death. As a matter of recorded fact, Thatcher was a terror without an atom of humanity.
—  Morrissey is a total Margaret Thatcher fan.

RIP Baroness Margaret Thatcher 1925-2013 <3

The Truth:

The British mining industry was dead BEFORE Thatcher came along. Read your history text books. She merely unplugged the life support machine because it was pointless to continue. British coal was too expensive to sell abroad, because wages were significantly higher than competing markets and because the safety precautions in looking after the men were very expensive. The only way to make coal profitable would have been to have made mining much more dangerous again. 

British Manufacturing was at an ALL TIME HIGH when she left office, rescued from its downward spiral when she came to power, due to spiralling wages (20% raises every year) and shoddy workmanship that cost businesses a fortune in sales (Ford, American, sold more of one model, the Cortina, than British Leyland could its entire range, due to the poor quality and high prices of BL products). She fought off the unions so that the manufacturing industry could modernise, become more efficient and innovative, competitive with the world again. Yes it meant heavy redundancies, but the new revitalised manufacturers now had room to grow, to expand, to employ more people as they rose up. The only hindrance to the British worker was Labour, who told the workers not work, to expect too much, and then when they came to power simply ignored them and brought in cheap foreign labourers who had the right work ethic instead (so they didn’t have to admit that they were wrong). Hence why unemployment was so huge under Labour despite record amounts of people in work.

The reason that so many towns and cities in the North are still suffering from heavy unemployment (apart from current recession) is because her plans were aborted by the weaklings in her party and by successive Labour governments, who chose instead to ignore the problem areas, instead pacifying them with sound bites and higher benefit payments, doing nothing to rebuild the broken communities. As a Northerner myself, I can say that it is far worse that Labour has ignored us, than it is that Thatcher had to make the hard decisions that cost us so much in the first place. At least she had a plan that would have made things better in the end, if it were allowed to reach the end. 

She did NOT support Apartheid. She was actually simply against the barbaric violence on the civilians of both sides. She had to meet officially with South Africa’s leaders at the time because that is what politics is about, it doesn’t mean she supported them. But the left-wing nutters refuse to accept this.

She ordered the sinking of the Belgrano, despite its appearance of moving away from the fighting, because of the wide belief of the military leaders and expert advisers, that it was about to try and trick our forces into believing that it wasn’t a threat anymore. It was still a threat, it could still strike British forces from its location and what’s more, the rest of the Argentine military efforts suggested it was going to return to strike again. There was every chance that it would still attack us and very little chance that it was actually going to go away peacefully. If the Argentines didn’t want to be attacked, they shouldn’t have invaded an Island where 99% of the population didn’t want them, declaring war on a superior military might.

She was NEVER against the working classes. She masterminded the greatest act of social mobility the UK has ever seen, by allowing tenants in council owned properties to buy their homes, at greatly reduced prices. She believed that everyone had a right to own their own homes and made the government foot the bill for the huge discounts that were offered.

She herself was from a Lower Middle Class background. She had to fight her way through the snobs and toffs to the top, and not only because of her lower class status but because she was a Woman.

You may say she isn’t a feminist icon, because she didn’t believe in the feminist movement. But that isn’t necessarily true. She believed that women could do just as good a job as men, but didn’t believe that it should be handed to them on a plate. That is just patronising. She believed that women should earn their places at the top fairly, not because they are filling a quota, but because they had the skills to. That SHOULD be inspiring to women around the world. To know that you can reach the top, and feel the glory of having done it by your own fair hand.

She was a deeply compassionate individual. Despite the label Iron Lady, she cared deeply for all people in the UK. During the IRA hunger strikes in Northern Ireland, despite the media saying that she refused to negotiate terms with the terrorists, she actually did negotiate with them behind the scenes because she did not want to see them die. She didn’t agree with them, they killed the general public randomlu at will, they killed her friends, they had even tried to kill her and her husband, but despite all of that, she didn’t want them dead. She wanted to save them. That is how great this woman was. 

No Prime Minister since Churchill has created such positive change in this country. He saved the world from Hitler, She from the misguided and damaging tomfoolery of Socialism that brought us to our knees and made us the laughing stock of the world. Margaret Thatcher, the woman who was brought up over a small corner shop in the little town of Grantham, looked after the entire nation of the United Kingdom, at home and abroad, so successfully, that she was the only Prime Minister to have 3 successive terms in office and enjoyed some of the highest approval ratings ever seen in British politics. She is a true great, and she deserves the highest honour possible. 

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thinkprogress.org
Why The Modern Republican Party Would Reject Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher, the first female prime minister of the United Kingdom, died on Monday, leaving behind her a legacy of conservative values that American politicians still cite to this day. Upon learning of her death, Republican House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said she was the “greatest peacetime prime minister in British history.”

But while Thatcher stands as a role model for modern conservativism here in the United States, her policies likely wouldn’t hold up under the scrutiny of a modern-day GOP:

She supported socialized medicine. The modern-day GOP is so obsessed with trying to repeal Obamacare that they’ve held nearly 40 votes to do so. But Obamacare is actually a much more conservative health care policy than the socialized National Health Service, which Thatcher lauded as an accomplishment of the United Kingdom. “I believed that the NHS was a service of which we could genuinely be proud,” she wrote in her book, “It delivered a high quality of care — especially when it came to acute illnesses — and at a reasonably modest unit cost, at least compared with some insurance-based systems.”

She increased taxes. Spending actually rose during Thatcher’s first seven years in office, as the New York Times reports, and taxes took up a larger percentage as share of gross domestic product. Indeed, even by the end of her time in office taxes were still a higher percentage of GDP than they were when she arrived:

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Thatcher also increased the Value Added Tax (VAT), which Newt Gingrich described as “European socialism” during the 2012 election cycle.

She believed in climate change. Thatcher was an early adherent to climate science, and once warned, “The danger of global warming is as yet unseen but real enough for us to make changes and sacrifices so that we do not live at the expense of future generations.”

She recognized that gun laws can limit gun violence. After a deadly shooting rampage in England, Thatcher said, “If [gun laws] need to be tightened up, or if we think that it could prevent anything more like this, then of course that will be considered.” A year later, the government passed the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988, which outlawed semi-automatic weapons, changed requirements on registering guns, allowed police to refuse a weapon to anyone they saw unfit, and allowed the Home Secretary to add other guns to the list of banned firearms.

Thatcher was far from a progressive champion. Her policies threw the United Kingdom into recession, decimated British labor unions, and sharply divided the country she reigned over for nearly 12 years.

H/T: Annie-Rose Strasser at Think Progress

“Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country." 
"It’s a funny old world.”

Baroness Margaret Hilda Thatcher, LG, OM, PC, FRS. 

13 October 1925 – 8 April 2013

RIP Baroness Margaret Thatcher. MT. The Iron Lady. Arguably Britain’s Greatest Politician. A inspiration to many, myself included, she paved the way for female politicians, reminding us all that with a lot of hard work, we can achieve anything. She took office during a great time of trouble, and naturally had a massive job to do from the offset. Her strong leadership during a time of crisis during the Falklands War, reminded us all what it means to be ‘British’. Economically, she made this country as a whole prosper. She fought for what she believed to be right, and spoke up for what she believed in - something that unfortunately is rarely seen today. It is, purely SICKENING to see words of such hate towards someone who has passed, especially from people who have little political understanding, did not live through her government, little understanding of her political views and her as a person. Lady T was somebody’s parent, child, partner, just like you and me. Regardless of things she may have done wrong, there is NO need to be disrespectful.

May you at last be at peace Lady Thatcher, and be reunited with your beloved Dennis. Thank you, and god bless.

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My favorite Beach Boys song, and my favorite Annette Funicello song

RIP Annette and RIP Margaret Thatcher

the last two days have significantly decreased my faith in humanity

First of all I would like to start off this post by saying something many people seem to be allergic to - RIP Margaret Thatcher.

I understand many people disliked her and her policies, but frankly the lack of humanity people have is quite disturbing. How can you possibly celebrate someone’s death? Yeah she took away kiddie’s milk, she caused issues with poll tax, she closed the mines yadda yadda yadda, but you wish death upon her and that makes you significantly worse than her. 

I SWEAR PEOPLE HAVE NO MORAL COMPASS!!! And the worst thing is most people dislike her on moral grounds. For what she did to those poor people, for who she stole from, for what she created. Yet these same people are willing to leave behind any positive or even remotely neutral emotion and respect, for themselves and for Lady Thatcher, to dance on her grave.

Things like this make me ashamed to be British. People disgust me. 

Regardless of her policies she was a great speaker and a great mind. I will always have the greatest of respect for her. Politics stirs up high emotions, I get that, I really do, I spent long enough as a politics student. But I am honestly lost for words. Margaret Thatcher was, and is a human being. A human being who made tough choices in tough times in a tough position. She was an incredible Prime Minister, and an incredible woman. Her policies of yesteryear do not define her as a person, and do not define our country. What defines our country are our people. And currently our people are a disgrace.

No wonder she believed there was no such thing as society. If this is society I don’t want to be a part of it

RIP Margaret Thatcher

I was only four when she left Downing street for the last time, so I wasn’t old enough to remember her as Prime Minister and I wasn’t around for her earlier years as Prime Minister, but I was sorry to hear earlier that she’d died. But I hope she’s at peace and she’s definitely made a lasting impression.