Margaret Thatcher has died of a stroke at the age of 87.
Thatcher was like Marmite. You either loved her or hated her. I tend towards the former and am not afraid to say so.
Thatcher was arguably the best British PM since Churchill. She did more to establish the equality of women in the UK than any woman since Emily Pankhurst. She was British through and through and proud of it.
She took no shit from anyone. After the unions put paid to Heath, she made damn sure that Scargill and his commie friends weren’t going to do the same to her. When the Argies invaded the Falklands, she kicked their arses back to Argentina. Thousands of people own their own houses because of her policies. And the EU took a good handbagging when they messed with her.
Ironically she was brought down by a tax that was eminently fair, the poll tax. And where was she whilst she was being knifed in the back by her Tory colleagues? In Paris – fighting our corner in the EU.
OK, she had her faults. She had an unfortunate way of making you feel patronised when she spoke. She didn’t tolerate fools gladly and it showed. She was accused of being presidential and autocratic in her style.
But, love her or hate her, she was a strong leader and she stood up for us. More so than any of those that have followed her.
This country changed forever under her. I think for the better, but no doubt many will disagree…