The most hated ex UK Prime Minister after Tony Blair, i.e Maggie Thatcher died today
By Dark Politricks
It has just been reported by the BBC that the hated ex Tory Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has died at the age of 87.
A hero to the right and a hated enemy of the left the ex Tory Prime Minister was a divisive figure in UK politics.
Baroness Thatcher was the only female PM in UK history and she was responsible for the devastating privatisation policies of the 80's.
Although her policies opened up many nationalised markets such as energy and telecommunications to private investment it also destroyed many working class communities all over the country, especially whole towns of people who relied on work at local mines or ship yards which were shut down.
She was responsible for the massive destruction of union power and her war with Arthur Scargill led to the closure of many mines, high unemployment figures and battles between soldiers dressed up as policemen and striking miners which were the highlight of news programmes although the early 80's.
For the striking miners there were no other jobs for them to go to and after the mines were shut down and whole communities in the North of England, and Wales were put on the dole.
The cost analysis benefit of subsiding the mines versus the cost of putting whole towns on unemployment benefit, the crime from drugs and drink and other social ills that led from the hopelessness she created were undoubtedly pro-subsidy.
However the Tory right were only thinking short term and the destruction of the unions and the move to privatisation was more important than the high unemployment and social ills it cost the country.
Please don't forget as the current Tory government is busy demonising people in receipt of benefits and busy moving people off disability allowance and back onto the much lower benefit "jobseekers allowance". That it was in-fact the Tory government of Thatcher that was responsible for "massaging" the unemployment figures in the first place, by switching people from "the dole" to "the sick", so that they could claim that unemployment was failing when in reality it wasn't.
3 million unemployed was a regular figure heard on the news during Thatchers time as Prime Minister.
She was responsible for privatising the national railways which has been a massive failure as well as numerous other neo-liberal economic policies which the right claimed "modernised" the UK in comparison to the rest of Europe. In reality it has led to the current situation we have now in which all 3 major political parties are centre based leaving no real choice for the electorate.
There is no major party that can call itself left or right any-more. We just have a mob of centrist politicians all debating over how much austerity we should be suffering to pay for the banks mistakes.
It was the long years out of power during Thatchers reign that made Tony Blair decide to "modernise" the Trade Unionist Labour party all but destroying it's links with the unions and making it another pro-war, neo-con leaning, bankster loving party of the centre right.
Some even say Tony Blair's Labour government was to the right of Thatcher with his over bearing policies of police surveillance, anti-terrorism acts that removed peoples liberties and his alliance with the Americans in their multiple wars.
Today will be a day of sadness for many on the right of politics and I wouldn't be surprised to see even supposed "left" wing leaders pay their respects to the ex Tory leader who helped destroy all meaning in voting Labour at the polling booths.
For others it will be seen as a day of celebration.
Baroness Thatcher was the hated figure that caused massive unemployment, high interest rates, Black Wednesday and our removal from the European Exchange Rate Mechanism. She was also responsible for the Poll Tax riots, the Falklands war and the creation of vast wastelands in the north of England.
To people affected by her economic policies in a negative way I cannot see them visiting her funeral to see her off unless it's to make sure she has really died!
From the BBC News report
Ex-Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher dies
Former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher has died at 87 following a stroke, her spokesman has said.
Lord Bell said: "It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning."
Baroness Thatcher was Conservative prime minister from 1979 to 1990.
She was the first woman to hold the post. Her family is expected to make a further statement later.
Baroness Thatcher, born Margaret Roberts, became the Conservative MP for Finchley, north London in 1959, retiring from the Commons in 1992.
Having been education secretary, she successfully challenged former prime minister Edward Heath for her party's leadership in 1975.
She won general elections in 1979, 1983 and 1987.
Baroness Thatcher's government privatised several state-owned industries. She was also in power when the UK went to war with Argentina over the Falkland Islands in 1982.
In a statement on the Downing Street Twitter feed, Mr Cameron said: "It was with great sadness that l learned of Lady Thatcher's death. We've lost a great leader, a great prime minister and a great Briton."
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "The Queen was sad to hear the news of the death of Baroness Thatcher. Her Majesty will be sending a private message of sympathy to the family."
London Mayor Boris Johnson tweeted: "Very sad to hear of death of Baroness Thatcher. Her memory will live long after the world has forgotten the grey suits of today's politics."
UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage called Lady Thatcher a "great inspiration", adding: "Whether you loved her or hated her nobody could deny that she was a great patriot, who believed passionately in this country and her people. A towering figure in recent British and political history has passed from the stage. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family."
Senior Conservative MP David Davis said: "Margaret Thatcher was the greatest of modern British prime ministers, and was central to the huge transformation of the whole world that took place after the fall of the Soviet Union.
"Millions of people in Britain and around the world owe her a debt of gratitude for their freedom and their quality of life, which was made possible by her courageous commitment to the principles of individual freedom and responsibility."
Lady Thatcher had suffered poor health for several years.
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