That’s it, she’s gone. And just like when in power, controversy surrounding The Iron Woman is as ever prominent. For those of you who’ve endured my recent Twitter bashing will know all too well; I will not be shedding tears for the loss. It’s not that I seek to disrespect the dead, but with her life ended, it is time to reflect, and it’s her own doing that this reflection contains deep hatred and resentment.
Decisions of mass destruction
Thatcher’s time as Prime Minister saw her make a decision, a decision between the economy and the people. As the Government raked in taxes, privatised companies and closed mines, the economy grew whilst the people saw their homes, their jobs, their livelihoods stamped on by one woman’s self-obsessed greed. Thatcher personifies capitalist ruthlessness, and backbone or not, there is no silver lining to that fact.
It takes little effort to notice the way she single-handedly abolished the entire community of the working class. Today just to drive through an old mining town is all you need to see. Windows boarded up, streets empty, workingmen’s clubs abandoned. This wasn’t the doing of a women building Britain for a better future, she in fact paralysed a country socially reliant on these communities. She “tore the heart out of the mining communities of the North” said David Hopper, the general secretary of Durhan Miners’ Association, “although millionaires like those in David Cameron’s Cabinet certainly did alright”. Greed was the cornerstone of Thatcher’s leadership. Her lust for money, her desire for power, her stubbornness.
This was all too evident in her dealing of Governmental businesses; tossing responsibility of public paid investments to the highest bidder. So little regard for how it would affect the quality says so much of Thatcher’s carelessness. Carelessness that’s still prominent today; I often travel by train in the UK and don’t envy those commuters amongst you, enduring delayed, overpriced services, day in, day out. But you’ve Thatcher to thank for that.
When it comes to the burial, the proposal that an individual who destroyed a state would be buried by it’s own resources is ludicrous. If her actions were replicated in any other country, we would condemn them as a tyrant, demand that they step down, are extradited. Yet in the UK, the elite go on giving destructive people like Thatcher a completely unjustified respect, using money ordinary people have earned and neglecting the fact that the Thatcher’s sit on a comfortable sixty-six million. I say justice would be to bury out of her own pocket, and to allow those who lost their livelihoods to be given what they deserved two decades ago.
The cover up
And how can we forget the cover up. Another shining example of her ruthless neglect was her part to play – or indeed the part she didn’t play – in the Hillsborough disaster. The tragedy on that day, the loss of life and the corruption involved in its cover-up remains a disgrace to this day. It was carried out by an evil, twisted woman, willing to tarnish an entire city’s reputation and scar the lives of hundreds of families. This is symbolic of Thatcher’s regard for the people of the north. Just yesterday, both Dave Whelan and John Madejski twisted the knife even further into the backs of those associated with Hillsborough; favouring a minute silence at all games this weekend (a weekend that coincides with the 24th anniversary of Hillsborough). Again, a stark reminder of the insensitivity drilled into her minions.
I can stretch only so far as to accept she was determined, but what use does determination serve if it’s to follow-through with her warped vision? Obama claimed she had “broken the glass ceiling for other women”, I can only hope that she is no role model for anyone else in the future.