There is also a strong tendency in Britain to tear people down after building them up, and many have no qualms about attacking leaders they disliked, even in the emotionally charged days between their death and their burial.
"Having lived in both places, I can see the UK is far more deprecating, far more critical, and has far fewer taboos in criticizing leaders," said Robin Niblett, director of the Chatham House think tank. "In a way, her death is allowing people to vocalize the sense of frustration they are feeling with the current economic crisis."
While others condemned anti-Thatcher rallies as in horrendous taste, Niblett said they reflect how Britain does not need to build any patriotic myths about its leaders.
"America is building itself still and needing to believe there is a higher goal to which all Americans aspire, despite the partisan battles," he said. "When I see the trashing of Thatcher, I think of how strong Britain is and how in a way we don't need to do that. We don't rally round the flag, except in the most desperate moments. We don't eulogize our politicians."
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