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Margaret Thatcher, former UK Prime Minister, dies

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    Colorado Springs, CO
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    Margaret Thatcher, the former UK Prime Minister, has died at the age of 87. I remember her very well, having lived in London during her eleven year tenure as Prime Minister. At the time, she was a polarizing figure because of her privatization of industries. I think this excerpt by Richard Carr in the New York Times best describes her rein as Prime Minster:

    "In assessing her impact, Richard Carr, a political scientist at Anglia Ruskin University, said: “To supporters, she changed Britain from a nation in long-term industrial decline to an energetic, dynamic economy. To opponents, she entrenched inequalities between the regions and classes, and placed the free market above all other concerns. Our politics, and many of our politicians, have been forged in her legacy.”"

    New York Times, April 8, 2013: Tributes Pour In for Margaret Thatcher
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    She was quite an interesting individual, that is for sure. The policies that she and President Reagan pursued throughout the 80's are still having their ramifications felt today. I must say that I didn't agree with many of her political positions that she held throughout her time in office, but you can't help but respect someone that leads a country for more than ten years. Her legacy will definitely be felt for many years to come.
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    Love her, hate her, or indifferent about her, she was the most influential British Prime Minister since Churchill. The thing I liked most about her is that she did not care about public opinion, she lead her country her way.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    jamesn Wrote: Love her, hate her, or indifferent about her, she was the most influential British Prime Minister since Churchill. The thing I liked most about her is that she did not care about public opinion, she lead her country her way.
    I agree with you to a point, jamesn. My issue with that statement is that our most recent President had that same view. He was so convinced that what he was doing was right that he didn't listen to the will of the people that he led. Once you stop caring about what your population thinks, then you've lost pretty much all credibility in my book. Our leaders are elected because of the will of the people, or at least they are supposed to be. I'm not trying to disparage her whatsoever, but I'm just trying to make a point that just because someone is convinced they are doing the right thing doesn't mean that they actually are.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    There is no doubt that Margaret Thatcher made her mark on Britain and the world, and in her prime she was highly respected around the world. However, the Iron Lady image could only carry her so far, and it did wear thin after a while. Towards the end of her tenure her approval rating fell off dramatically. She was not defeated in an election by the opposition Labor Party, but was rather turned away by her own Conservative Party. After making a farewell speech in the Commons in 1990 she left Downing Street in tears. Conservative John Major replaced her as Prime Minister.

    That would be the equivalent of Barack Obama losing a second term for the presidency in the Democratic Primaries.