OK, I'll bite on that one Herring. Though I don't mind if someone privately thinks that PM Thatchers death is a good thing, I find the public celebrations of her death ghoulish. There was to be some sort of protest today in London and I haven't even looked at any UK newspaper today to see what I might find because it would make me ashamed to be British. These celebrations are not right at all and many celebrating weren't even born when she was ousted from power. I was born in 1972, and the years that followed were somewhat turbulent politically in the UK. We also had frightening inflation and then stagflation.
To begin, Margaret Thatcher came to power in 1979 with the Winter of Discontent fresh in the UK electorates memory. The Winter of Discontent was a period in the late seventies where in the UK many labour unions had been on strike. There were three day work weeks because there wasn't enough power to power offices and business. My Grandfather who was once suspended from Islington borough council for investigations into communism died in 1978. (he never was a communist, just very left wing and there were many such investigations in the '50's and '60's) However, he could not be buried for three weeks because of a grave diggers strike. Trash piled up in the streets because the trash collection went on strike. People could not get to work reliably because there were many public transport strikes on trains and buses. As a small child all I remember is that we had candles at the ready all the time because there was a power cut at least once a week, usually around dinner time.
I firmly believe that Margaret Thatcher came to power because the electorate were voting against the government that allowed Britain to become such a mess. The labour unions owned the UK government at that time. The UK was not such a gender equality nation in 1979, they were voting against "anything but this", much like the 2008 election where McCain never stood a chance because Obamas opponent was still George Bush. Mrs Thatcher had to go to a voice coach to lower and articulate her voice so she wouldn't sound so "shrill".
Margaret Thatcher broke the stranglehold the labour unions had on the country in subsequent years. However, though she had a very right wing agenda, she would never have considered taking apart the National Health Service (publicly funded health care) or social security for seniors.
Political ideology can be a very dangerous thing. Whether it's corporations or unions that have a government by the short and curlies, extremism is never a good thing. What happened to middle ground?
What sets her apart for me from American female conservatives like Bachmann or Palin is she had conviction. She did really believe in what she was doing was right for the country. She was not a shill, saying what she thought might make her the most money. She did really believe she was helping people. However, when people say she came from "humble beginnings" as a grocers daughter, I will say this. My father was a grocers son. He went to private schools all the way to university where he got into the London School of Economics. This is because in his small town my grandfather was probably one of the most wealthy men.
Anyway, all I'm trying to say is though I didn't always agree with her, she was a role model for me. She was a strong woman and helped me to be strong too.
I know you probably all thought I was very left wing. I merely long for a government that isn't owned by either side of the political spectrum. I long for one that is owned by the people.
Also, she was an absolutely fantastic orator. Anyone can go to youtube and watch her at Prime Ministers question time.