I don't normally get political, especially on what is essentially a fun blog. But this is something that I feel strongly about. I cannot understand why Maggie Thatcher is being given a 'ceremonial' funeral. Winston Churchill deserved one. He united the country in wartime and was a great leader. Thatcher divided the country like no other leader and does not deserve all the sentimental hype that she is getting in the UK and world press. If the Tories want to give her a good send off, then they should pay for it. Not the rest of us that had to endure those years and suffer the consequences ever since. Here are my views on Maggie's legacy to the UK:
My son cannot buy his own house as he does not earn enough money. When we sell our house, he will be condemned to a life of short term letting not knowing whether he will have to move every six months as there is no longer enough social housing. This is Maggie’s legacy.
Workers’ rights have been so eroded that employers can now treat their workers as badly as they like. This is Maggie’s legacy.
Our manufacturing sector is on its knees, whereas Germany’s is thriving. Germany have one of the strongest economies in Europe. This is Maggie’s legacy.
The Public Sector is considered the root of all evil in society, to be vilified and despised at all times, despite the fact that society actually needs nurses, teachers, policemen, dustmen etc. This is Maggie’s legacy.
Whole communities were devastated due to a personal vendetta against the unions and are still struggling today. This is Maggie’s legacy.
Generations since the 80s have grown up in a society driven by rampant consumerism. A ‘must have it now’ generation who is seriously in debt. Look after oneself and greed at the expense of others, has undermined the community aspect of society, culminating in the bank crisis recently. This is Maggie’s legacy.
Amazing how one woman can make so much difference and how the rest of us have to pick up the pieces and live with the consequences. The trouble is, I think that we are destined for more of the same with this latest government and their ‘Thatcherite’ ideas. This is Maggie’s Legacy.
RIP Maggie – there are a lot of people whose lives were seriously damaged by your politics and amoral leadership and who are now trying in their own small ways, to put things right for themselves and society in general.