Today will be a day that goes down in history. Today was the day that former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died. Margaret Thatcher is to be remembered for many reasons. One of the biggest reasons for me is that she was the first woman British PM, ever. The one and only. To me, this is rather disconcerting. It upsets me greatly that the Conservatives have the claim of having the first female Prime Minister, when that claim should really belong to the Labour Party.
I think it says something about Labour the party of equality, that we have not yet had a female leader (except for Harriet Harman for all of six months in 2010) or indeed a female prime minister. However, it also says something about Margaret Thatcher. No woman has ever risen to a senior position like leader, or indeed Prime Minister again since the resignation of Margaret Thatcher. Did Thatcher scare women away from Politics?
Thatcher was not a big believer in equality at all. She famously said that ‘there is no such thing as society. There are only individual families and individual men and women.” [sic]
Many people have accredited the entrepreneurial spirit alive in Britain today with Margaret Thatcher. Indeed. You could be forgiven for thinking that is the case, but I accredit many of the economic and social problems we see in Britain today with Margaret Thatcher. She made this country into a dog-eat-dog , every man for himself authroitative capitalist state. She brought in competition in areas where people should not have to compete such as healthcare and education.
Thatcher did little for the working class, people who are still suffering from the effects of Thatcherism generations later. She did little for women, who were made to feel like bad mothers if they were also working mothers. She did little for anyone who needed a bit of help to get on in life, and for that reason, I cannot respect her as a person.
However, I find it somewhat indecent and perverse to be ‘celebrating’ the death of an old woman who suffered from a degenerative mental condition and who probably cannot remember what she had for breakfast, let alone trying to remember that she was Prime Minister once.
The death of Baroness Thatcher will certainly be a polarizing issue. Some people will make a mockery of it, the right will be outraged. I am remaining indifferent. I am not happy Thatcher died. The sad thing here, is that her legacy certainly does live on.
My condolences lie with the Thatcher family at this time.