Tuesday, 9 April 2013

RIP Margaret Thatcher

On April 8th 2013 it was announced that former PM Margaret Thatcher had passed away in her sleep at the age of 87. The news of her death brought about strong reactions on both sides of the political spectrum; those on the right have mourned her passing while some of those on the left have literally danced for joy.
Margaret Thatcher has always been a figure that people seem to either love or hate. However, just a thought to those celebrating her death; while you may be happy that she has 'finally gone' please bear in mind that you are in fact celebrating the death of an old lady. While you may not agree with her views, policies or what she did she is still someones mother, wife, daughter and friend, and above all else is someone who deserves our respect. 
Lady Thatcher was the first woman to become Prime Minister of the UK, won three consecutive General Elections and stood to her guns when dealing with the unions. Feats for which she should be praised. No one since has been so successful in a General Election and many of her policies are still in place today. Things that bring to mind the old saying 'if you want something done properly, get a woman to do it'.
When I first began to be interested in politics and get involved it was Margaret Thatcher who stood out as a role model for the aforementioned reasons. Politics may be an area that is predominantly male but it is still one where women can succeed. Margaret Thatcher may be gone but her legacy will live on and she will most certainly not be forgotten.
I leave you with a video mashup from some of her speeches;

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