RIP Margaret Thatcher

CeeKay
CeeKay
Margaret Thatcher, the grocer's daughter who punched through an old-boy political network to become Britain's first female prime minister, stamping her personality indelibly on the nation and pursuing policies that reverberate decades later, has died. She was 87.

The BBC read out a statement early Monday afternoon from Thatcher's friend and former advisor, Tim Bell, saying: "It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announce that their mother, Baroness Thatcher, died peacefully following a stroke this morning."

Prime Minister David Cameron, the current leader of Thatcher's Conservative Party, said that his country had lost "a great leader, a great prime minister and a great Briton."


http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-margaret-thatcher-20130409,0,7418326.story

Rest in peace Iron Lady.

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  • hepcat
    hepcat
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    I recently watched The Iron Lady and while Meryl Streep was fantastic, I was disappointed that at no point in the film did she don a power suit to fight England's enemies. Hell, Tony Stark never showed up even once.

    ...but yeah...rest in peace.
  • Ironrod
    Ironrod
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    That was an awful movie partially redeemed by a strong performance. I don't recommend wasting your lifespan on it.

    Came across this gem from 1990 today:

    ...her speech laid out a simple conservative argument for taking environmental action: "It may be cheaper or more cost-effective to take action now," she said, "than to wait and find we have to pay much more later." Global warming was, she argued, "real enough for us to make changes and sacrifices, so that we do not live at the expense of future generations.


    If climate change had become a conservative cause 20+ years ago, would liberals be in denial today?
  • MonkeyFinger
    MonkeyFinger
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    I like how the first title she earned as Education Secretary before becoming known as the Iron Lady later in her career was "Margaret Thatcher, Milk Snatcher". :icon_wink:
  • metallicorphan
    metallicorphan
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    Celebrations across the country,although condemned as bad taste.......I guess those condemning have absolutely no idea how many households suffered because of this bitch in the 80s,screw her!!

    on 1365485607:

    I like how the first title she earned as Education Secretary before becoming known as the Iron Lady later in her career was "Margaret Thatcher, Milk Snatcher". :icon_wink:


    yup,even i suffered as a 10 year old because of her!!
  • Moliere
    Moliere
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    Some interesting charts covering her time in office.
  • metallicorphan
    metallicorphan
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    on 1365542987:

    Some interesting charts covering her time in office.


    Talking about charts.. :icon_wink:

    'Ding Dong The Witch is Dead' could get to number 1 in the UK
    Sky News

    Baroness Thatcher's death is propelling the song Dong The Witch Is Dead to the top of the charts.

    Those who consider the former prime minister's demise a cause of celebration have launched a campaign to get the song to Number One.

    The Judy Garland version of the song is already at the top of the Amazon download chart, with Ella Fitzgerald's take on it at number four.

    Garland's is also currently number two in the iTunes chart.

    A Facebook group set up to encourage people to buy the song and take it all the way now has almost 5,000 members.

    One called Pat Cross said it was a "small way to register your protest against M Thatcher and the damage she did to so many lives".

    The song, written by EY Harburg and composed by Harold Arlen, featured in the classic 1939 film The Wizard of Oz.

    The Official Charts Company will release its midweek sales later on Wednesday, which will give a clearer indication of whether it could reach number one by Sunday.

    In death, as in life, Lady Thatcher has divided the nation with many hailing her huge contribution to British life but others celebrating her demise.

    Critics angry at her legacy who claim she destroyed communities with some of her more controversial policies have held parties.

    There have been demonstrations in Bristol, Brixton and Glasgow and on Tuesday night crowds also gathered in Belfast to celebrate.

  • Moliere
    Moliere
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    Where was this vitriol when Chavez died?
  • hepcat
    hepcat
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    Folks who hated Chavez as passionately probably don't have internet access...
  • ATB
    ATB
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    on 1365604079:

    Where was this vitriol when Chavez died?


    Liberal bias in the media?
  • Ironrod
    Ironrod
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    More likely Anglo-centrism. I don't think most Americans know or care much about Venezuela.
  • metallicorphan
    metallicorphan
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    Bah,Ding Dong only got to number 2 :icon_cry:

    BBC Radio 1(Who does our official Charts) apparently only played 5 seconds of it as a compromise to all those who were complaining to BBC not to play it,the song only lasts some 50 seconds anyway

    There was a Pro Thatcher song released as well and the papers were all saying its at least Top Ten,but it only made number 35
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/chart/singles
  • hepcat
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    on 1365628330:

    More likely Anglo-centrism. I don't think most Americans know or care much about Venezuela.


    I would go so far as to say a majority of them couldn't even find it on a map. However, Game of Thrones is popular and has a ton of British people in it, so naturally we care more about that country.
  • CeeKay
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    on 1365440130:

    I recently watched The Iron Lady and while Meryl Streep was fantastic, I was disappointed that at no point in the film did she don a power suit to fight England's enemies. Hell, Tony Stark never showed up even once.


    looks like she's not done screwing with Tony :D

    The UK premiere of Iron Man 3 has been pushed back due to Baroness Thatcher's funeral, according to reports.

    A Disney spokesperson told Deadline the London gala, originally scheduled for Wednesday, would be moved to Thursday to avoid the clash.

    "London will basically be in traffic chaos and it would have been difficult logistically," the spokesperson said.


    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-22143674
  • Isgrimnur
    Isgrimnur
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    The Clash were going to be there, too?
  • CeeKay
    CeeKay
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    on 1365977209:

    The Clash were going to be there, too?


    1908407applaus6zz.gif well played sir, well played.
  • Isgrimnur
    Isgrimnur
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    :D Thank you.
  • TheAtomicKid
    TheAtomicKid
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    The world will miss the Iron Lady. Chavez too, in his own way. He may have been disliked by some (most leaders are), but he did quite a lot for the people of Venezuela. As did Margaret Thatcher for the people of the United Kingdom...

    Were their solutions the only valid solutions? Of course not. But each in their own way, worked.

    Scary thought for the day. I believe it was a Russian journalist who first labeled her the 'Iron Lady'. How tough you gotta be to impress a Russkie with your toughness? :D

    Atomic
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