“It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother, Baroness Thatcher, died peacefully following a stroke this morning,” said Mrs. Thatcher’s spokesman, Timothy Bell. She was 87.
Mrs. Thatcher, who grew up in an apartment without hot water above her father’s grocery store in Grantham, eastern England, went on to become Britain’s first female prime minister and arguably the country’s dominant political figure since Winston Churchill.
She was a key ally and close friend of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan, sharing with him a view on free-market, monetarist solutions to the economic problems of the day, as well as an uncompromising stance on how to handle the former Soviet Union, earning her the nickname “the Iron Lady.”
Please feel free to post Iron Lady quotes and stories in the comments. Perhaps share some thoughts on what Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher meant to you all.
“To those waiting with bated breath for that favourite media catchphrase, the U-turn, I have only one thing to say: You turn if you want to. The lady’s not for turning.”
Update by Steve:
The quote posted above is classic. It describes what Governor Palin meant when she described Lady Thatcher during her CPAC speech as someone who’d advise the GOP’s cool kids to not go wobbly on their beliefs and values. Here is a video of that speech:
Margaret Thatcher served as a model for freedom and true liberty. At the same time, she was a rebel against the cool kids of her day whenever she’d resist doing something she perceived as “puerile.” In the following video, a popular journalist at the time tried getting Lady Thatcher to make a pointless “jump up in the air” since everyone else was doing it, including Gorbachev:
But it was her stand against socialism in Parliament which I continue to enjoy to this day:
And, after handing herself well with socialists in government, she was challenged by the ever-so-arrogant media. But never fear, Lady Thatcher’s tough spine endured:
Finally, while many politicians today like to exploit (and manufacture) crisis after crisis, Margaret Thatcher used them to prove to others that “life must go on, as usual.”
God Bless her family.
Update II by Doug: I don’t know why I’m surprised by this, but I am. I thought even MSNBC would observe a little decorum today. I was wrong:
MSNBC’s Martin Bashir was harshly critical of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher’s domestic policies, telling host Chuck Todd that she came to embody “selfishness” as a result of her support for deregulation and free market principles. “The result was a kind of flagrant, excessive, and ostentatious pursuit of cash” in Britain, Bashir said.
He added, “The best description I ever heard of her was from French president Francois Mitterand who said she had the eyes of Caligula and the mouth of Marilyn Monroe.”
Stay classy, MSNBC.