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Published: Tuesday, April 9 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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marxist
Salt Lake City, UT

That Thatcher and the Deseret News are a perfect match cannot be disputed. Even I can claim a certain grudging admiration for some of her accomplishments. But you had better not forget that her inspiration was the "reforms" of the murderous Pinochet of Chile. She was a politician, not a deity.

Eric Samuelsen
Provo, UT

Britain's economic recovery began fourteen years after she first took office, and compared with France or Germany, was focused almost entirely on making the rich richer, and the poor, poorer. Sure, her personality was forceful. What she actually accomplished is much more debatable.

UT Brit
London, England

From someone who grew up in a Northern mining town, Thatcher was a hurricane of devastation. Whole villages lost their jobs in a single day, communities were instantly crushed. We lost the majority of our exports and privitisation of key services has meant constant price hikes but poorer service. She set in motion the rail privitisation and we currently spend more tax money on it than we did when it was completely government controlled. She supported apartheid and secretly sent soldiers to train the Khmer Rouge.

Lets not forget the deregulation of the financial markets. She put all the eggs in that basket and lets look back to 2008 for the result.

I find it amusing that all the US press is pouring out adoration on her. Where I currently live, I heard lots of fireworks last night.

Of course all the blame cant go on Thatcher, I also have to include the useless Major, Blair, Brown and Cameron for continuing her insane policies.

procuradorfiscal
Tooele, UT

Re: "Britain's economic recovery . . . was focused almost entirely on making the rich richer, and the poor, poorer."

Since socialist Britain has no true poor, the kernel of truth contained in the poster's statement is that Lady Thatcher's policies were focused on making the "rich" -- defined as all Britons -- richer.

And, what's wrong with that?

Socialists and "progressives" on the other hand, have focused all their considerable efforts on policies that assured "that the poor were poorer, provided that the rich were less rich . . . ."

Sad.

Joan Watson
TWIN FALLS, ID

One could justly and resonably admire Margaret Thatcher for her leadership, and for her accomplishments. Hers was a voice where "misspoke" and "I was not informed" would never had been uttered. Three cheers for a gallant lady.

marxist
Salt Lake City, UT

Re: Watson Hers was a voice where "misspoke" and "I was not informed" would never had been uttered. Indeed, and that is what I most admired her for, but as is often the case she chose to look at only what she was comfortable with. Consider the times - they are amazing. Here we have Nobel Prize winner Milton Friedman sitting down to tea with Pinochet, the mass murderer and torturer, giving him economic advice. The Chile of Pinochet and Friedman was the model for Thatcher's economic "reforms." That the results of those in Britain were often brutal (as has been pointed out in these comments) should come as no surprise. Thatcher was a politician without doubts - a dangerous combination if you are in the way.

Kim
Cedar Park, Texas

Much like Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher was a Prime Minister for the time. Her methods and style were needed at time when Britain was moving dangerously toward malise and impotence due to many years of socialist policies and subsidies for outmoded, dying industries. She revitalized her country and reset it toward a more free market footing that has endured ever since. Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan shared similar ideas and together reshaped modern capitalism. Her style was much more confrontational than Reagan's, but worked for the time, just as Churchill's did. However, just as Churchill's stubborn, confrontational style outlived its usefullness, so did Thatcher's. She was needed for her time, but her overbearing style was eventually destructive of her party and not effective in preparing it for a transition to a different time when cooperation and and moderation were more effective governing principles.

OHBU
Columbus, OH

Hardly a ringing endorsement to say that it was her example that inspired Tony Blair to follow the US into Iraq.

She was effective in the sense that she got done what she wanted to get done. But what she got done was, many times, awful. I always find it funny when people point to her and Reagan and say they ended the Cold War. They had nothing to do with it. Years of financial mismanagement and stagnation by Brezhnev ended the Cold War. Correct me if I'm wrong, but neither Britain nor the US toppled the regime. That was done by courageous Soviet dissidents who faced down tanks and were, especially in places like Lithuania, shot in the streets. The Soviet people ended the Cold War. Reagan made a speech, Thatcher cast all Soviets as evil. All the meetings between Reagan and Gorbechev weren't fundamentally different than those between Khrushchev and Nixon. The Cold War ended with Gorby was ousted and people who'd never met Reagan brought down the government.

Thatcher did actually have something to do with Khmer Rouge and Apartheid, however. So I'll give her that...

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

Reagan and Thatcher helped form the modern decline of the economy with their torrent up to the top policies, that have destroyed the middle class and made the 1% filthy rich.

I feel better knowing her and Reagan are having tea with the Khmer Rouge tonight.

Secret dealings seemed to outweigh any good of both of them might have done.

Thanks UT Brit, for actual insight instead of rhetoric.

UT Brit
London, England

@Kim

" Her methods and style were needed at time when Britain was moving dangerously toward malise and impotence due to many years of socialist policies and subsidies for outmoded, dying industries."

Great, now we have no more industry. Thatcher was not needed for the time, with a bit of thought and effort we could have kept some of our export capability. She was a sledgehammer that smashed apart peoples livelihoods. My city of less than 400,000 people ended up with 250,000 unemployed within a couple of years. Have you any idea what that was like?

Street parties are being organised all over the UK to celebrate her death. The song "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead" is currently headed for number 1 in the music charts. I find it completely tasteless myself but that shows the level of hatred for her.

The Skeptical Chymist
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

I feel exactly the same about Ms. Thatcher's passing as I did when President Reagan passed away.

RFLASH
Salt Lake City, UT

Too bad we don't have more like her right now!

Richard Larson
Galt, CA

Aw yes,
the "velvet glove of the iron fist".
this too, shall/will/did,rust!!!

homebrew
South Jordan, UT

Thatcher was the Reagan of Britian. She destroyed the middle class, attacking workers at every turn. She was an elitest snob. I say good riddence! In britian you can hear the song,"Ding dong the witch is dead"

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