April 8, 2013

RIP Lady Margaret Thatcher [Darleen Click]

Former Prime Minister of Britain dies of stroke

“It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning,” Thatcher spokesperson Lord Bell said in a statement.

Thatcher, an outspoken woman known to many as “The Iron Lady,” was 87. She led Britain’s Conservatives to three election victories from 1979 to 1990, the longest continuous period in office by a British prime minister since the early 19th century. Alongside former U.S. President Ronald Reagan, Thatcher battled against communism and saw the Berlin Wall get torn down in 1989.

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  1. I spent much of my life growing up living in the UK, and I saw first hand the improvements she made in the average Englishman’s life. She was a true friend and loyal ally to the United States. RIP Lady Thatcher.

  2. RIP Lady Thatcher.

  3. Here’s your chance to speak trvth to POWAH!

    Donna Brazile:

    Okay, what did the #ironlady do to advance
    Great
    Britain and the world? Did she leave lasting
    footprints for women in politics? #justsayin

  4. She was a truly true feminist. R.I.P.

  5. …Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They always run out of other people’s money. It’s quite a characteristic of them. They then start to nationalise everything, and people just do not like more and more nationalisation, and they’re now trying to control everything by other means. They’re progressively reducing the choice available to ordinary people. Look at the trouble now we’re having with choice of schools. Of course parents want a say in the kind of education their children have. Look at the William Tyndall School—an example where the parents finally rebelled. Of course they did. These schools are financed by taxpayers’ money, but the choice to parents is being reduced.

    Look at the large numbers of people who live on council estates. Many of them would like to buy their own homes. Oh, but that’s not approved of by a Socialist government … . oh no! But that’s absurd. Why shouldn’t they? Well over thirty per cent of our houses are council houses. Why shouldn’t those people purchase their own homes if they can?

    Margaret Thatcher

    Such a perceptive woman. It’s a shame we (the US) won’t listen to her…

  6. Donna Brazile:

    see beemoe proggs attack attack attack. they don’t do defend.

  7. serr8d says April 8, 2013 at 8:10 am
    Donna Brazile:

    I’ll bet Thatcher never even had an abortion! Some feminist!

    Of course, outside of Bizarro world some would question what business any woman who worked with, supported, and ultimately excused Bill Clinton has judging anyone for anything. Probably just me…

  8. From the interview linked by John:

    What I’ve tried to do is to show clearly the differences between the two Parties, and I believe they are getting steadily clearer as the days go by. To some extent, I think we’ve been helped by the Labour Party, which has gone further Left than it’s ever gone before, so people really are beginning to realise that there’s a tremendous difference between the policies a Conservative Government would pursue, and those a Labour Government is pursuing, and I’ve tried to put these in ordinary terms.

    Note: the Iron Lady does not run away from these differences, nor try to dress them up in something the kids will think is trendy and cool. She was never about “losing more slowly.”

  9. Did she leave lasting footprints for women in politics?

    well yeah every PM since has been a pussy

  10. As we’re probably about to endure a period of jeering, revisionism and general Schadenfreude, this seems relevant. Claire Berlinski on some of Thatcher’s enemies on the elevated left:

    When asked why intellectuals loathed her so, the theatre producer Jonathan Miller replied that it was “self-evident” – they were nauseated by her “odious suburban gentility.” The philosopher Mary Warnock deplored Thatcher’s “neat, well-groomed clothes and hair, packaged together in a way that’s not exactly vulgar, just low,” embodying “the worst of the lower-middle class.” This filled Warnock with “a kind of rage.”

    Also well worth watching, via the same link, is the documentary mini-series Tory! Tory! Tory!, which provides some useful context on the woman, her politics, and what she managed to avert.

  11. Why didn’t Donna Brazile ask Lady Thatcher to prove her cred when she was still living?

    Because she knew she’d be crushed like the roach she is.

  12. Of course the people bashing on Lady Thatcher are the same people who were saddened by Hugo Chavez death. Never mind that he stole $2 billion from his country, never mind that the country is far worse off than it was before him, he was a good socialist so he is a hero.

  13. leigh, see one of Thatcher’s best quotes as a response to Donna:

    Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.

  14. The correct answer to Ms. Brazille’s question is, more than Donna Brazille.

  15. Exactly Darth.

  16. I hope Thatcher has found her heavenly reward, but if I’m wrong and the buddhists are right then hurry back ma’am, because we need you up deck something powerful. Somebody has to have the stones to shine a light into all that fog and apparently it ain’t us right now. Bring Ronnie with you.

  17. In revisiting the old speeches and interviews, I’m struck by just how masterfully Thatcher defines the terms of the battle, and the stakes, and the forces on each side. Today, we have a crop of “leader” wannabes that have been dominated for decades by focus-group message testing and milquetoast consulting advice. One hopes that a few gifted souls will hear the Iron Lady’s words this week, and absorb not just the values she advocated for, but the fearless way in which she fought.

    Her name and her legacy have been systematically trod into the ground by her enemies, as they re-write history to suit their ends. Thank God that we have access to primary sources, and with them the tools for deprogramming our children and our neighbors.

    I hope, in the moments of despair that I know I’ll suffer in the coming months, that I will remember just how painfully bad was the situation in Great Britain in the 70s. She turned her nation around and arrested its decline into irrelevancy, and her enemies are still striving to regain the territory they lost under her leadership. If a small island full of royal subjects could manage that, then surely there’s hope for this great land of free citizens.

  18. Okay, what did the #ironlady do to advance Great Britain[?]

    Kept Neal Kinnock from doing a Tony Blair to Great Britain?

  19. To put it in terms that Donna Brazile might understand: Margaret Thatcher is to Geraldine Ferraro what Rush Limbaugh is to Stuart Smalley Al Franken. And for pretty much the exact same reasons, too.

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  21. Margaret Thatcher is to Geraldine Ferraro as Sarah Palin is to Donna Brazile.

  22. Thatcher wasn’t really a Tory. She had the odd conservative impulse, but in reality she was a radical Hayekian classical liberal. When she deviated from classical liberalism, and I can think of several occasions, I was disappointed. The worst deviation I can think of occurred during the miners’ strike, when she approved the stopping of people travelling near strike locations, on the grounds that they looked suspicious and might be going to engage in secondary picketing or anti-police behaviour. Secondly, the banning of IRA members’ voices being heard on TV or radio (they were replaced by those of actors) in a bid to deny the IRA “the oxygen of publicity” was just ridiculous.

    Arresting the leftist destruction of the country is quite a plus in the other column.

  23. I’d like to count surviving that bomb in her good column too SW, but believe I may be constrained to merely put it up to good fortune instead.

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