Baroness Margaret Thatcher, past British Prime Minister and the 1st Woman to hold the post, died in the last few days 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 massive and habitually broadly unpopular reforms throughout the country.
Lord Bell, acting as spokesperson for the Thatcher children, said:
“It is with immense sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died quietly following a stroke this morning.”
Thatcher’s time in power were portrayed by increased poverty amongst the working classes, war in the Falklands and gigantic civil conflict. Conversely, her supporters and admirers see her as a pioneering feminist and an emblem for hard-right Conservatism.
Uk Prime Minister David Cameron, a vocal follower 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 separated view throughout her time in politics but everyone will be united today in acknowledging the force of her personality and the radicalism of her politics”.
Thatcher holds the distinction of being Britain’s greatest serving Prime Minister.
As tributes from MPs and past colleagues pour in via internet news sources, social media sites are awash with debate, as well as some somewhat 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 actuality of the matter is once she dies there will be people who come out and say what a good person she was (…) But you expect many persons in the regions of the land what they believe and they are going to be appalled by the coverage (…) Individuals will be saying that she was a fine lady and ignore most of the things she did…”
His merchandise was by no means the only indicator of this phenomenon, as various internet sites and online groups are also enthusiastic to holding parties and successfully 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 receiving a state funeral when she dies, which seems a strange sort of acknowledgment to someone who believed the state must do as little as feasible. It would be far more appropriate to let aggressive bids from private companies to run the funeral arrangements”.
Your reply to the above quote is expected to dictate which side of the argument you discover yourself on in the coming months.