Baroness Margaret Thatcher, ex- British Prime Minister and the first Woman to hold the position, died earlier today from a stroke. She was eighty seven years old.
Mrs Thatcher’s reign, which lasted from 1979 to 1990, was a controversial one, which saw her instil enormous and frequently extensively unpopular reforms throughout the land.
Lord Bell, acting as spokesperson for the Thatcher children, said:
“It is with immense sorrow that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning.”
Thatcher’s time in authority were characterized by augmented poverty between the working classes, combat in the Falklands and huge civil conflict. However, her supporters and admirers see her as a revolutionary feminist and an symbol for hard-right Conservatism.
British Prime Minister David Cameron, a vocal admirer of Thatcher’s, referred to as her “a great leader” and Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democrat party said,
“She may have divided opinion throughout her moment in time in politics but everybody will be united now in acknowledging the force of her character and the extremism of her politics”.
Thatcher holds the difference of being Britain’s greatest serving Prime Minister.
As tributes from MPs and past colleagues pour in via web news sources, social media websites are drenched with dispute, as well as some rather less pleasant statements regarding the Baroness.
Thatcher was a polarizing figure in British politics, she was loved by her supporters every bit as much as she was hated by her opponents. Last year, BBC News reported that Trade Union conference stallholder Colin Hampton was making brisk business by selling T-shirts that celebrated the former PM’s eventual demise.
Interviewed for the piece, Mr. Hampton said, “She is going to die some day. The fact of the matter is once she dies there will be people who come out and claim what a good person she was (…) But you ask many persons in the areas of the land what they believe and they are going to be appalled by the coverage (…) People will be saying that she was a excellent lady and take no notice of most of the things she did…”
His merchandise was by no means the only indicator of this phenomenon, as various websites and online groups are also enthusiastic to holding parties and jubilantly announcing the loss of the ex- PM.
On the barbed topic of Mrs Thatcher’s planned taxpayer-funded state funeral, Novelist John O’Farrell had this to say,
“Some in Westminster have talked about her getting a state funeral when she dies, which seems a strange sort of mark of respect to someone who believed the state should do as little as possible. It would be far more appropriate to let aggressive bids from private companies to run the funeral arrangements”.
Your response to the above quote is likely to dictate which side of the consideration you discover yourself on in the coming months.