Monday, 8 April 2013

Margaret Thatcher 1925-2013

Picture from Guido Fawkes Blog: www.
Baroness Thatcher has died. 

Here's to a life well lived. I'm not going to cry. She wouldn't approve. RIP Iron Lady, we will never forget you.

See this excellent obituary by Paul Goodman.

"I think we've been through a period where too many people have been given to understand that if they have a problem, it's the government's job to cope with it.  'I have a problem, I'll get a grant.' 'I'm homeless, the government must house me.' They're casting their problem on society. And, you know, there is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women, and there are families. And no government can do anything except through people, and people must look to themselves first. It's our duty to look after ourselves and them, also, to look after our neighbour. People have got the entitlements too much in mind, without the obligations. There's no such thing as  entitlement, unless someone has first met an obligation."

A friend of mine posted the following as his Facebook status update:

With the passing of Maggie, I'm going to treat myself to a few days away from message boards and social media and avoid the ignorant trollings of spotty-faced little herberts who weren't even alive when she was in office and know fuck all about which they speak.

Regardless of your political bent:

If you're a voter, you should recognise that she was the last of her kind - a politician who did what they believed was right rather than one who slavishly followed opinion polls and chased votes. Since her, Major, Blair, Brown and Cameron - each of them more desperately craving adoration and votes than the last.

If you're a Brit, you'd better be sure that she was the last leader of this country as a world power, rather than a joke nation living on past glories and imagined "special relationships".

If you're a woman, or the father of one, you should recognise that thanks to her you and your daughters now know no limits to the heights they can achieve.

And if you're a man, she had bigger balls than you'll ever have.

I couldn't agree more.
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