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Through the peephole… Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister of Great Britain between 1979 and 1990. When her name is mentioned, people often readily voice their reasons as to why they admire or hate her and so this piece is written to include three reasons people admire her and three reasons people detest her in the hope of encouraging readers to consider looking into deciding on a more wholesome picture of Margaret Thatcher.

1) Margaret Thatcher herself was quoted as saying that she did not believe that she would see, in her own lifetime, a female British Prime Minister. This emphasises what a formidable force that Margaret Thatcher was in politics. A woman becoming the Prime Minister broke through the glass ceiling and subsequently the idea of there being another female Prime Minister within our own lifetime does not seem unbelievable.

2) In March 1987, the worst maritime disaster in Belgian waters occurred; 183 people lost their lives when a car ferry capsized. Margaret buy tamoxifen uk Thatcher’s quick arrival to the scene of misery was not to establish blame but instead to offer support for those who had been aboard the ship and to thank all those helping those affected, this left a lasting impression; Margaret Thatcher had a compassionate side.

3) Margaret Thatcher’s engagement in negotiations with the Soviets helped end the Cold War. The cold war lasted from 1947-1991; it was a power struggle between the two superpowers, The Soviets and America. In 1984 Thatcher met with the soviet Mikhail Gorbachev (who later became the leader of the Soviet Union), in Chequers and Thatcher voiced, he was a man she could ‘do business with’. Indeed she did, her seal of approval infiltrated the leader of the USA and the leader of the Soviets fine-tuning the means of their communication that led to the ending of the cold war. By the end of Margaret Thatcher’s Premiership, the world order had changed.

Three of the reasons people do not like Thatcher…

1) From the 1980s, applications were accepted on sites to develop housing on the 1947 and 1963 floodplains. The idea being that the inevitable flood damage will be met by the residents’ insurance companies, the afterthought of how this may relate to the welfare of those affected by the floods was not fed into this policy.

2) Thatcher’s attempt in 1984 to close 20 loss-making coal mines led to a year-long strike by the miners and resulted in the mines closing. The impact on the lives of the people dependent on jobs in the British coal mines is largely attributed as to why Thatcher is hated.

3) In 1990, Margaret Thatcher replaced the old council rates with the new community charge (which is often referred to as the poll tax because the electoral role was used to identify payers). The introduction of the community charge was an attempt to move away from property taxes and the new community charge resulted in masses protesting because households occupied by multiple adults received bills for each individual and the new community charge did not relate to individual income levels.

And so, in instances where Margaret Thatcher demonstrated a touch of humanity people admire her, and in episodes she was considered to have drawn up policies out of touch with the masses she is held in contempt. Do you think this lesson could translate to our own lives, for we may not all have the ambition to become a leader of a nation to make waves among the masses but there is room to take a peep at the lives of those we hold dearest and recognise that our own action or inaction can have rippling effects on them?

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