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RIP: Margaret Thatcher Dies After Stroke:

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- 1902 days ago -
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died Monday following a stroke, her spokeswoman confirmed

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Donna Hamilton (159)
Monday April 8, 2013, 5:12 am
Whether you agreed with her policies or not, she had more backbone than any male Prime Minister since Churchill. RIP.

Carol H (229)
Monday April 8, 2013, 5:17 am
RIP Margaret

Past Member (0)
Monday April 8, 2013, 6:00 am
Not many politicians can claim to have change the world, she was one of them.

Rebecca S (61)
Monday April 8, 2013, 6:23 am
Sad to hear this. RIP.

pam w (139)
Monday April 8, 2013, 8:25 am
I wish she'd recorded her secret thoughts and memories.....wheeeeee.

Lynn Squance (235)
Monday April 8, 2013, 9:08 am
The UK's first female Prime Minister and known as the "Iron Lady". RIP

Anna U (256)
Monday April 8, 2013, 9:49 am
I totally agree with Donna H. RIP Margaret

Thanks Cal for posting!

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Monday April 8, 2013, 11:34 am
Thank you. (N, P)

Past Member (0)
Monday April 8, 2013, 12:01 pm
Let the Iron Lady rust and be forgotten.

Past Member (0)
Monday April 8, 2013, 1:19 pm
You either loved her or hated her but she was a strong politician Pity we dont have some like her now She would not have taken all this nonsense we get now with the EU taking over the country and telling us who we have to have and what we have to do RIP Margaret Thatcher

Mike M (40)
Monday April 8, 2013, 2:03 pm
She did what the men did not want to have to do RIP

Linda B (10)
Monday April 8, 2013, 2:23 pm
What a great role model she was for everyone - believe in your convictions and have the guts to follow through. RIP, Ms. Thatcher, or come back and show us again how to do it!

Winnie A (179)
Monday April 8, 2013, 2:23 pm

Louise D (44)
Monday April 8, 2013, 2:26 pm
Well having seen what she did to the UK whole towns that destroyed by her policies, she may of steered the UK through important and necessary structural economic changes to ensure the competitiveness of Britain's economy. She did it in the most despicably mean-spirited and evil manner, by forcing hardship and unemployment upon millions of people, removing role models and providing a whole generation with a substandard education. The neighbors are actually having parties with the news, so I can hardly say the popular feeling is that she should rest in peace.Just remember she said "There is no such thing as "society," only individuals and families." it is small wonder she was a yard stick in the UK for to test public hatred for politicians. There are people wanting to give her a state funeral it would be you could give all the miners a shovel, and they could dig a hole so deep they could hand her over to Satan in person.

Vicky P (476)
Monday April 8, 2013, 3:38 pm
she pretty much ruined the UK at the time..they still suffer from those conservative policies today, so rip knowing what you did, Margaret.

. (0)
Monday April 8, 2013, 4:14 pm
Naturally there will be people like Vicky and Louise who were probably infants when Thatcher took office. Ruined the UK? She brought the UK back from ruin. Standing up to the unions and telling them they were in fact not the government was a revelation - like Reagan and the air trafic controllers.
You both have no idea what living under the PLO threat was like - ask your parents. This woman backed down from nothing- even being bombed out of her own hotel room in Brighton.Due to her medical condition these last few years, she would be appauled at Labours'. weakness in dealing with the right wing Muslims in Britian. Immigration reform would have been in place, and these radicals would be gone.
She and Golda Meier were two of the strongest women of the 20th Century. This is why Vicky, she is being a funeral with honors. As a woman, you should read up on what a remarkable woman Thatcher was.

Past Member (0)
Monday April 8, 2013, 5:06 pm
Rest in Peace! Amitabha!

Eternal G (745)
Monday April 8, 2013, 7:45 pm
Drinking tea with her good friend Pinochet, perhaps.... she sure had some emotional detachment issues... which some people confuse with "strong backbone/iron lady"...

Jelica R (144)
Monday April 8, 2013, 8:07 pm
RIP, Baroness Thatcher. Thanks to you, many of us can't live with dignity in our golden ages.

BTW, there was a a number of citizens petition at HM Government site, calling for the "Thatcher state funeral to be privatised". The rationale behind the campaign:

"In keeping with the great lady's legacy, Margaret Thatcher's state funeral should be funded and managed by the private sector to offer the best value and choice for end users and other stakeholders. The undersigned believe that the legacy of the former PM deserves nothing less and that offering this unique opportunity is an ideal way to cut government expense and further prove the merits of liberalised economics Baroness Thatcher spearheaded."

There is ongoing petition: No state funeral for Maggie Thatcher. This one got almost 23.000 signatures.

Thatcher's devoted disciples - Cameron, Osbourne, Duncan-Smith - have been busily telling Britain that there is NO money for anything. And this week even basic benefit payments were slashed. Still, they can find 3 million pounds for a funeral.

Tammy B (9)
Monday April 8, 2013, 8:11 pm

Jay S (116)
Monday April 8, 2013, 10:42 pm
No one seems to be pointing out much how it was her economic policies of greed and 'liberal' predatory capitalism that, along with Ronald Reagan's, are the reason that we are in the economic crisis we are suffering right now because of their deregulation of banks and corporations and letting the crooks 'police themselves'. Then these awful policies were continued under 'New Labour' Tony Blair, and 'New Democrat' Bill Clinton right up to the present.

She made it possible for this terrible state where the richest 1% continue to get richer while the rest of us lose ground, and set it up for the Conservative's great dream of someday getting rid of all social programs that benefit the common person. Even Obama is proposing cutting Social Security by billions.

She deserves not tributes but condemnation for her cold-hearted greed and arrogance. Look around you and see the poverty increasing, tens of millions without health care and children without hope, while infrastructure collapses. That is Margaret Thatcher's and Ronald Reagan's legacy - Neo-Feudalism.

A pox on them both.

John Farnham (52)
Monday April 8, 2013, 10:55 pm
A pox on their handlers. They were still only cat's paws of the hereditary mafia of London and the Vatican - the oldest banksters recognized in a line going back to Carthage and Egypt. The Biblical tale of the money lenders - even though part of a tome funded by the Crown - is still of corruption and manipulation.

Natalie S (13)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 12:21 am
I think one needs to strike a balance when commenting about such personalities, and most definitely one cannot take actions and events out of context. Politics, policies and issues are evolving continuously and it is unfair to judge the achievements of former political leaders without considering the circumstances of the times. RIP Mrs. Thatcher.

Carol K (45)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 4:13 am
A great lady! A role model for future politicians! RIP Margaret!

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 4:14 am
I know of people who committed suicide because they could not support their families because of her policies. Structural changes can be done in humane ways. It seems that some of those structural changes only made things a lot worse.

Sarah G (109)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 5:02 am
A great lady and a strong leader. RIP

Many Feathers (139)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 5:25 am
Noted.... interesting range of comments, RIP.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 5:46 am
She's always remembered and missed

. (0)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 8:10 am
Noted. A lot of people commenting here seem to have some deep seated bitter feelings about her. That needs to stop. She was a great woman and will be missed.

David C (29)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 9:55 am
Cameron, Osborne will find the money 3 million pounds . for her show funeral. So have a good cry if you area tax payer in the UK, and think that is 2 less schools that will get a make-over this year.

Vicky P (476)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 1:28 pm
I'm sorry Allan, but I know people in the UK and they weren't kids when she was PM, she's a horrible person, you are just a con-tard which is why you probably love the fact that she privatized everything, supported apartheid, and tons of other horrible things.

Vicky P (476)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 1:30 pm
oh and by the way, I wasn't alive when Hitler or Stalin were alive either, but I know they are horrible people for what they did, you don't have to live in a country, or live at the time to know someone is a horrible person that doesn't deserve respect, may she rot.

mar l ene dinkins (264)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 4:40 pm
noted Cal. but for Vicky you are sosooooo right!!!!!!! i agreed with you completely!!!!!!! ciao

Dot A (182)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 4:51 pm
..., I'm not politically savvy, and don't actually like politics much, so, perhaps those who study and critique have stronger points to make regarding policies that were too far from perfect,.... anyway, - a side note: Meryl Streep agreed with the lot who didn't approve, and she turned down her role to play Margaret in the movie which came out a couple of years ago,... but, with whatever encouragement changed her mind, Meryl's artistic demands to climb into her skin, so to speak, and live her life on screen, - Ms Streep came out on the other side seeing her character as strong, softer and kinder, and even somewhat fragile. I believe such a woman as her, to find herself [Margaret] in such a seat of power will be criticized mercilessly, and yet, when all is tabulated, find that her courage is significant and to be a model for future generations of women who want to forge change in 'a man's world.'
God Rest Her Soul~

Tania S (2)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 7:59 am
She was an amazing and powerful women. She did it lot for her country.

Kerrie G (116)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 10:15 am
Noted, thanks.

Barbara DeFratis (23)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 10:26 am
Yes, Rest In Peace, Margaret Thatcher.

John Farnham (52)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 11:21 am
Margaret Thatcher The Downing Street Years 1979-1990 ISBN 0-06-092563-9 Henry Kissinger "Mrs Thatcher's memoirs are essential for an understanding of her time because they capture all the qualities of her character...They are lucid,self-assured,wide-ranging and indispensable" John Barnes, Detroit News "Thatcher relates her deeds with relish and a gripping sense of detail." I recommend it to your attention.

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 8:38 pm
A politician who evoked strong feelings one way or the other. With Margaret Thatcher there is no sitting on the fence, one either loathed her or totally admired her. Nothing in between. Her economic and social policies were not my cup of tea.
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