Loved her, loathed her, at least she provoked REACTION. Left-wing riots, right-wing worship. You can hardly say the same about today’s lot: bunch of “wets” (love that!). Now they all just try and appeal to the ‘centre ground’, it’s gone all mushmushmeh, and so no wonder people can’t be arsed to vote, ‘cause there’s not much to vote for/against.
Oh, why can’t we throw impromptu street protests calling for the death of THIS government and get a song into the charts with a nasty lyric directed towards David? No? Just polite picketing over pensions instead then. (I didn’t like those student-activist-y protests with ‘The Bitch is Dead’ banner waving (misogyny ok here, yeah?), dancing on her grave. Were you even born when she left Downing Street? Protest NOW, people, protest NOW; or getajob, and hope no one dances on the grave of your Mum/Nan when SHE DIES, HE HE!).
I wouldn’t have voted for her, either. Thatcher the politician was a nightmare. But I salute Thatcher the woman… comes closest, probably. As a woman… yeah, there’s something there: shopkeeper’s daughter; working middle-class; worked hard went her own way (punk rock! irony!); couldn’t be doing with feminine frippery. Qualified as a barrister the same year she became a mum to twins = badass. No, she didn’t give a shit for feminism, chose to surround herself with men, but that’s ok, I kind of get that too.
S’pose what I respect most is she was a woman who had the courage of her convictions. The ‘lady was not for turning’… I u-turn so often… I admire her single-minded fortitude (though too much = turn to fascist?). The first female British Prime Minister was one with ideals she followed through on, put into action. !It took a woman to get this country back on its feet, it took a woman! She was a ballsy lady, the Iron Lady. Cameron & co. in contrast = sooo emasculated.
“Politics at its purest is philosophy in action”. A sentiment alien/inapplicable to the noughties political age. Where did the philosophy go? The big ideas? Diluted down to suit centre ground.
Passionate philosophy politics, some principles, please. That’s what all this talk of Maggie makes me want. Loved her, loathed her, at least she made people think/say/do something; something HAPPENED.
It’s time something happened again.