Margaret Thatcher Dead

The Associated Press released the news of Margaret Thatcher’s death today via twitter.

Huffington Post and CNN    announced the news of Thatcher’s death minutes later.

Margaret Thatcher 13 October 1925 – 8 April 2013

Margaret Thatcher
13 October 1925 – 8 April 2013 Picture via Wikipedia

She was a tough lady. Described by Richard Longworth of the Chicago Tribune as “perhaps the most admired, hated, fascinating, boring, radical and conservative leader in the western world.”

Margaret Thatcher was a household name when I was a child growing up in Ireland. She was Prime Minister of England from 1979 until 1990.

Thatcher was born in 1925 and was 87 years old when she died. Cause of death as released by Lord Bell, Thatcher’s spokesman, was a stroke.

Margaret Thatcher’s form of leadership spawned the term Thatcherism, a leadership which espouses campaigning based on a politician’s own fundamental values or ideas as opposed to representing a general consensus or the common good. This is also known as Conviction Politics.

By the time she had completed her duties as PM of England in 1990, 28% of the children in the UK were living below the poverty line. This number climbed to 30% under John Major’s leadership in 1994.

On Facebook today the death of Margaret Thatcher was greeted with the following posts;

  • DING DONG THE WICKED WITCH IS DEAD …!!!!
  • Has it got sunnier outside or is it just me?
  • The Memorial Dance Floor will be built on top of her grave.

On Twitter the news of Thatcher’s death was greeted as follows;

  • Oh happy days! The Wicked Witch of The East is dead!
  • Haven’t always agreed w her policies but have definitely been inspired by her.
  • bitterly criticized by many but she was equally respected as a strong leader. Margaret was Great!

The quote that Thatcher is being remembered for today is, “Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.”

Margaret Thatcher signing the Anglo-Irish Agreement with Garret FitzGerald in 1985 Picture via BBC News Northern Ireland

Margaret Thatcher signing the Anglo-Irish Agreement with Garret FitzGerald in 1985 Picture via BBC News Northern Ireland

But I will remember her for her staunch “Out, Out, Out!” response to the earlier conditions outlined in the 1985 Anglo Irish Agreement.

According to BBC News Northern Ireland, “Republicans saw her as an enemy from the very start.”

The Journal.ie today released pictures of Margaret Thatcher’s political relationship with Ireland.

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5 thoughts on “Margaret Thatcher Dead

  1. In Lebanon, there is a burial custom for people who created colorful and interesting opportunities for personal growth. As the grave is being prepared, anyone impacted by a person’s actions gathers ’round and yells, “DIG IT DEEPER!! DIG IT DEEPER!!”

    Based on what I saw on FB this morning, I get a feeling there will be a lot of that going on this week.

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