I honestly never thought I would find myself writing this but in view of some of the ridiculously puerile ‘demos’ and press of recent days I hope that I will be forgiven a small eulogy for Margaret Thatcher.
It is amazing that after some 20 years of losing power this one person is more capable of polarising opinions in the UK than any other. That any of us could achieve a postscript would be amazing.
Divisive to some she may well have been, but it would appear that they all too easily forget what had gone before her.
As an example, in an earlier life I employed a reasonable number of people who, rightly in their view, were members of Unions (though when asked why could never give me a coherent answer) – but I had 9 individual groups to deal with and it was one of the most thankless and incomprehensible tasks I have ever faced. It was, put simply, mayhem. Put this into a national perspective and all becomes a little clearer.
She got much wrong. She got much right.
Whatever else she welded a divided nation (Winter of Discontent etc etc) into one and gave it back some pride.
She did nothing for women in politics (Queen Bee Syndrome?)
She antagonised the ‘luvvy’ infested ‘arts’ establishment which drained untold millions of pounds in subsidies for a variety of galleries, stage and film funding in the main used only for their and their own elitist coterie’s appreciation. However I notice that now, following her suggestion, they have the habit and ability to fleece any ‘donor’ irrespective of morality and background for their survival/maintenance.
I (and neither you) need a list of her goods and bads – but today sees her funeral and Lord knows what the nutters will attempt!
I am no fan of the rabid mutterings of The Daily Mail (nor the mindless profanities uttered by those rejoicing in her death) but the lady deserves respect for all she achieved to the good – and no one (even Engine Room) is wrong all the time.
If dancing on the grave redresses the negatives I shall spend the rest of my life touring grave yards to prance on the unworthy.
She gave a tottering nation pride and was driven by conviction which is always due respect.
God rest you Maggs and from me enough.
I hope to one day read the considered judgement of history. Maybe we are all too close right now.