Why I hated Margaret Thatcher

  • Article by: June Thomas , Slate
  • Updated: April 9, 2013 - 8:37 PM

For the British left, Thatcher’s ideology clashed with her gender and class.

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borisbadenovApr. 9, 13 9:47 PM

Unbelievable. Simply unbelievable. Would this paper publish a commentary titled: Why I hated Teddy Kennedy? How about when Carter dies? Will the publish a commentary saying that? They wouldn't let people post disparaging comments about Hugo Chavez but they allow this?

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patasticApr. 9, 1310:35 PM

On your way to the trash can to throw your card away, did you happen to consider that, in the end, her policies were actually good for the UK? The Falklands War was certainly good for the people of those islands. Can you admit you were wrong?

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hermajestyApr. 10, 13 1:29 AM

There are two ways for individuals to respond to their own rise in social class. One is with understanding and empathy and a determination to help those left behind.

The other, Thatcher's choice, is to take every opportunity to show contempt for the members of one's former social class.

I've known people like that in my personal life, and it has always seemed to me that their shame about their own roots outweighs their confidence about their own accomplishments.

Anyway, Shakespeare certainly had Thatcher's type pegged: "...lowliness is young ambition's ladder, Whereto the climber-upward turns his face; But when he once attains the upmost round. He then unto the ladder turns his back, Looks in the clouds, scorning the base degrees By which he did ascend. "

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luzhishenApr. 10, 13 5:27 AM

did you happen to consider that, in the end, her policies were actually good for the UK? - it's a real mixed bag, and the Falklands War was both an intelligence blunder and a near debacle that could have been bargained into a reasonable deal. Her policies on retirement funds - beloved here - are still a dud.

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windigolakeApr. 10, 13 6:10 AM

borisbadenov: "They wouldn't let people post disparaging comments about Hugo Chavez but they allow this?" In case you didn't notice, they didn't allow comments for the article announcing the news of Thatcher's death. This is an opinion piece, and it happens to be correct. I don't see a problem of printing negative or positive opinions about public figures. I've sure seen enough of them excoriating Keith Ellison and Al Franken. A thicker skin would come in handy.

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tupelohoneyApr. 10, 13 6:13 AM

You really couldn't wait to publish this until after she was buried? Shameful.

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tupelohoneyApr. 10, 13 6:36 AM

windigolake - Ellison and Franken are alive. Disparaging a world leader that has just passed away and not even buried is disgraceful. I despised Ted Kennedy but would be appalled at a commentary being published saying he was hated before a mourning period had passed. Whether you agreed or disagreed with Thatcher this commentary is a disgrace.

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phatcatpatApr. 10, 13 6:39 AM

The next time that liberals call people haters for disagreeing with Obama's policies please refer them back tom this commentary and the posters that rejoice in the death of a world leader.

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jimjimjimjimApr. 10, 13 7:41 AM

I too disagreed with Kennedy and disliked everything about the man, but would not say anything negative about him days after his death in respect for him, his family and friends. This is an utter lack of respect and in completely insensitive. Dancing on a persons grave seems to be a liberal trait. Attempting to justify it because you disagreed with the persons politics is childish.

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ivehaditApr. 10, 13 8:02 AM

jimjimjimjimApr. 10, 13 7:41 AM === I too disagreed with Kennedy and disliked everything about the man, but would not say anything negative about him days after his death in respect for him ==== But many right-wing commentators said terrible things about Kennedy without repercussion. This commentary is tame compared what was said about him.

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