Thatcher, The ‘Other Side’ of the “Iron Lady”

Thatcher, The ‘Other Side’ of the Iron Lady

Politicians from around the world are singing the praises of Margaret Thatcher, the first and only female Prime Minister of Great Britain, who passed away today.  But many in England are expressing joy that she is no longer among the living. No matter which side of the aisle you’re on when it comes to Thatcher, know this, The ‘Other Side’ of the “Iron Lady” is just as real as her celebrity.

Hundreds of people took to the streets in Brixton, an area of south London which suffered serious rioting in the 1980s, to celebrate Lady Thatcher’s death. Holding notices saying ‘‘Rejoice – Thatcher is dead’’

Other signs said “Ding, dong, the witch is dead”, and others simply and directly “The Bitch is Dead”.  Some posted pictures of themselves drinking in celebration with poster boards exclaiming “Margaret Thatcher Death Day”.

One man said he was “very pleased”, and was holding a 1990 newspaper which announced her forced resignation.

Why all the hate?  It’s simple, jobs.  In 1981 Brixton saw rioting as Thatcher’s policies eliminated millions of jobs.  One man told reporters, ‘‘I’m from the north, where there were no jobs, where the industry was rapidly disappearing, and her policies ensured it went more quickly.’’

Carole Roper, a full-time career woman in her 50’s from north London, said: ‘‘We’re here to celebrate her death.’’  Sipping from a can of beer, she insisted: ‘‘I don’t think it’s vindictive. It’s not so much about the death of Thatcher but what she has done, the policies she introduced to this country.‘‘

Thatcher and Ronald Reagan were closely tied to each other’s ideals and policies.  She, like Reagan, believed in the removal of government subsidies to ensure employment.  A similar theory that business would create jobs comparable to Reagan’s policy was her primary belief.

Roper continued:  “Compare the coverage to that when Chavez died – she’s being eulogised. It’s been wall to wall coverage on the BBC, but she did nothing to help the poor people of this country.’’

Expletives decrying the results of her policies were not limited to the working class.

George Galloway, the Respect member of parliament for Bradford West and former Labour firebrand, led the charge with a simple Tweet: “Tramp the dirt down”.

Mr Galloway added on Twitter: “Thatcher described Nelson Mandela as a ‘terrorist’. I was there. I saw her lips move. May she burn in the hellfires.”

A campaign was launched on the social media “facebook” to have everyone join along in singing the song from the “Wizard of Oz”, “Ding dong, the witch is dead”.

Sinn Fein’s Gerry Adams let loose with both barrels, saying “Margaret Thatcher did great hurt to the Irish and British people during her time as British Prime Minister. Working class communities were devastated in Britain because of her policies. Her role in international affairs was equally belligerent.”

He also blamed Lady Thatcher for prolonging the war in Ireland and embracing “the killing of citizens by covert operations”.

Her criticisms greatly outnumber her accomplishments. The world’s powerful offer praise.  The world’s working and poor see her for who she really was.  Unfortunately, the wealthy and powerful control history.  She will certainly be remembered for her reign as the “lady Prime Minister”, and not as the woman who had little empathy and compassion for the common man.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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