Farewell to the Iron Lady

Don't mess with Madge! (property of obama_poster_hope)

Don’t mess with Madge! (property of obama_poster_hope)

By now you have likely heard that the first female British prime minister—the “Honourable” Baroness Margaret Thatcher—passed away Monday after suffering a stroke. She was 87 years old.

I don’t know much about American politics, much less British politics, but I did grow up in the 1970’s and 1980’s. And in spite of my limited knowledge and awareness, I can say one thing with absolute certainty: Margaret was a cool lady.

Sure, I didn’t have to live under her policies, and people have complained about what they called Thatcherism, but that’s beside the point.

This is a tribute, after all.

Margaret Thatcher was a chemist who became: a barrister, which is British for lawyer for those unfamiliar with the term (1953); a Member of Parliament (1959); the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1970); the first woman to lead a major political party in the UK (the Conservative Party in 1975); the first woman to serve as prime minister (1979-1990); the longest-serving PM of the 20th Century (same time span); and a Life Peer in the House of Lords (1990).

Pretty impressive resume, don’t you think?

Of course, there were some dark times, too, at least from where I was sitting.

One of Thatcher’s best buddies was Ronald Reagan, the conservative American president from the 80’s responsible for Reaganomics. Like ThatcherismReaganomics was hardcore capitalism at its best, which has its advantages. However, it can also sneak up and bite you in the ass later, as most Americans can attest from our looming national deficit. A good chunk of that came from RR’s time in office.

And once Reagan basically lied to Thatcher about the American invasion of Grenada, she kind of lost trust in him anyway. Not her best moment, to be sure.

Bear in mind that’s only my take on it. I wasn’t even a teenager when this went down. However, I do remember what happened on my 11th birthday.

That was the day the Falklands Wars started in Argentina.

With a father from that country—as well as an uncle, grandparents and endless cousins and great grandparents—I obviously heard quite a bit from their side. It mattered little, though, because Argentina surrendered to Great Britain a few months later. And no one really mentioned it much after that.

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But it was a win for Thatcher. And another notch in her belt, so to speak.

The Iron Lady also got flak for some questionable decisions she made, like supporting the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia and even training their forces to fight the People’s Republic of Kampuchea. Or claiming to oppose apartheid while still trading with the South African regime.

Hey. Nobody’s perfect.

The fact of the matter is that Margaret Thatcher was an important political figure, a tough woman who stuck to her guns, a key player in the end of the Cold War and a patriot for a country she truly loved and served for the better part of her life.

I don’t know much about politics, but I do know this: Margaret Thatcher was “the tits” (for lack of a better term—and it is complimentary). And she will be missed.

Farewell, Iron Lady.

Posted on April 9, 2013, in Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan were cut from the same cloth. Sadly, though at time both of them could have been powerful forces make real and positive changes in the world around them, They baulked and pandered instead to both their friends and special interest groups who sought only to line their own pockets to the subjugation and detriment of those who needed their help most. Out of the two Maggie was definitely less detrimental to her people than Ronnie was. I’ll stop now before I turn this reply into it’s own post. I’ve blogged a bit regarding my opinions of Reagan and Reaganomics on my own site. She definitely was a powerful and influential lady.

  2. No matter what you thought of her decisions and policies, you’ve got to hand it to her. What a woman.

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