Thursday, April 11, 2013

Margaret Thatcher

It seems safe to say Ken Loach, author of the text below, was no great fan of old Maggie.
I'm not sure all this misery can be put down to just her (I reckon the pendulum had just swung; after a time of leftist ideologies, it was time for the right to dominate) but it is well-penned, particularly the part about her funeral.

"Margaret Thatcher was the most divisive and destructive Prime Minister of modern times.
Mass Unemployment, factory closures, communities destroyed – this is her legacy. She was a fighter and her enemy was the British working class. Her victories were aided by the politically corrupt leaders of the Labour Party and of many Trades Unions. It is because of policies begun by her that we are in this mess today.
Other prime ministers have followed her path, notably Tony Blair. She was the organ grinder, he was the monkey.
Remember she called Mandela a terrorist and took tea with the torturer and murderer Pinochet.
How should we honor her? Let’s privatize her funeral. Put it out to competitive tender and accept the cheapest bid. It’s what she would have wanted."

Ken Loach

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