‘The Iron Lady’, Margaret Thatcher dies at age 87


Known popularly as the ‘Iron Lady’, Margaret Thatcher was UK Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990. She was the longest serving British Prime Minister of the 20th century and is the only woman to have held the office. She is given the famous nickname of  ‘Iron Lady’ due to her uncompromising politics and leadership style, her policies of ‘Thatcherism’ and staunch opposition to Soviet Union and socialism. Her leadership had generated wide appraisal that brought Britain to what it is today and also received backlash and criticism due to high unemployment rate and social unrest as a result of her administration.

Margaret Thatcher

She passed away yesterday at the age of 87 due to stroke. May she rest in peace. UK’s head of monarch, Queen Elizabeth II and UK’s current Prime Minister, David Cameron had earlier expressed their heartfelt condolences to her family. Flags have been lowered to half-mast at Britain’s parliament to mark the passing of Margaret Thatcher as flowers piled up at her London home – but at the other end of the political spectrum, left-wingers threw parties upon news of her death. Some said she contributed significantly to UK, while some said she messed up the country. Come on…it’s not easy to be a Prime Minister (you have to manage and lead the whole nation, and her years was at the time when many crisis occurred too), and she is a woman. Everyone can’t be perfect. Even when her policies are not working well in her years leading the country and you don’t like it, you don’t need to carry so much hatred and have fun over her death. It’s total disrespect to the deceased.

Well, let’s look at a bit of her legacy. A bit of history here; After moving into 10 Downing Street (official office of UK Prime Minister), Thatcher introduced a series of political and economic initiatives to reverse what she perceived to be Britain’s precipitous national decline.  Her political philosophy and economic policies emphasised deregulation, flexible labour markets, the privatisation of state-owned companies, and reducing the power and influence of trade unions. ‘Thatcherism’ came to refer to her policies as well as aspects of her ethical outlook and personal style, including moral absolutism, nationalism, interest in the individual, and an uncompromising approach to achieving political goals. Here below basically summarizes the legacy of the Thatcher era;

POLITICS: Margaret Thatcher timeline

She was not of someone very significant in my years (I’m not even born yet when she became the Prime Minister and I’m not living in UK also) but I believed she is no doubt regarded as one of the most highly influential and strongest Prime Minister in British history, carrying the nickname of ‘The Iron Lady’ that none of us don’t know. I had even took a picture of her (I mean her wax figure during my visit to London’s Madame Tussauds Museum early this year). May she rest in peace.

Below are the list of sources for information and images in this post, and you can click on those links to read more about her too:

http://www.euronews.com/2013/04/08/margaret-thatcher-the-iron-lady-who-divided-a-nation/

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2013/apr/08/iron-lady-margaret-thatcher

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Thatcher

http://gma.yahoo.com/margaret-thatcher–britain-s–iron-lady–prime-minister–dies-120034251.html

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2013/4/9/reutersworld/1304091019-on-britains-streets-thatcher-divides-in&sec=reutersworld

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