Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Dead at 87

Monday, April 08, 2013

Margaret Thatcher (Wikimedia Commons)

According to her spokesman, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died of a stroke this morning at 87. She served at the head of the Conservative party from 1979 to 1990. She was the first female prime minster. 

Claire Berlinski is the author of "There is No Alternative: Why Margaret Thatcher Matters."

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Claire Berlinski

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Rupert Allman and Elizabeth Ross

Comments [13]

Regarding the outrageous growht of Demantia and Alzheimer's Disease..

I have a friend, who is a retired Chemist and in my mind a typical Genius. In his opinion after doing his own research, there is a directo correlation between the increase in the use of "statyn" drugs and Alzheimer's Disease... just a thought.

Apr. 10 2013 03:45 PM

Dissapointed with today's show where the only points repeated were the hate songs towards her and the unions point of view.
Regardless of her politics she was the most influential woman of the last 100 years.
That means nothing ?
Have some respect for God's sake even though you missed the big story.

Apr. 09 2013 09:08 PM
Andrew the Punkrocker ;P from Warsaw, Poland

Dear Yank/canadian liberals, who shout ,Sic semper etc.', I am 32 today (today is my b-day) and I have firsthand witnessed communism in East Europe, I also lived in Berlin in the 80s and saw the wall (my family had the opportunity to ,move' there, cause my dad was expelled from Poland do to his involvment with the ,Solidarity'-Movement).
First of all: learn to behave. De mortuis nihil nisi bene, check that out. Adolf H. or Stalin might be excluded... but not Maggie T.
Secondly: if You condemn her as a war criminal, do something about Your own war criminals. including Your current president, who - contrary to his promises - did not withdraw the US forces from Iraq/Afganistan.
Third of all: when I look at todays ,leaders', I would give them all up for one sober-minded Margaret T. I would even add some of my money to the deal, that they be taken away from us and our issues - to a place remate and unknown... ;P
Regards from Reggaetown Warsaw!

Apr. 09 2013 08:17 AM
Glyn from London

At last the witch is dead a bigot from hell

Apr. 08 2013 05:07 PM
Polly Brown from Tacoma, WA

Not a political comment, more of a personal mmemory of Margaret Thatcher.
I met Margaret Thatcher on two occasions: The first time when she was the Minister of Education and the speaker at our "Speech Day" in High School (rather like 'Commencement' in the USA) In 1967 she was one of the few women politians in Britain and her message was inspiring! I had the privilege of showing her around the school (I was 18 years old) and she showed such interest in what MY interests were.
5 years later after college, and being part of a very forward-thinking new school, Margaret Thatcher was directed to my department and I explained what we hoped to achieve in my department. On leaving my room, she said, "it was lovely to meet you-AGAIN!" I was impressed at her memory!
Her visit to the school was timed to the second, but half way through the visit she said, "I want to spend the rest of the time I have here with the teacher in the 'Remedial Education Department' - her assistants were horrified as that department was the only one that hadn't been 'prettied up' for her visit. The Headmaster proceeded to take her to Fred Jones' classroom and she sat down with each child, looked at their work AND asked Fred what HE felt she could help him with in her position as Minister of Education. She overran the length of her tour, and Fred Jones, who was a REAL Socialist, told us, with tears in his eyes, how impressed he was with Minister Thatcher.

Apr. 08 2013 04:29 PM
Ed from Larchmont

She and Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II brought down the Wall and ended the Cold War.

Apr. 08 2013 03:17 PM
Stan Squires from vancouver,canada

I wanted to say that Margaret Thatcher was not liked in Northern Ireland and Argentina.She caused the death of many people in these two countries.Also the coal miners of England is not upset over her death.Margaret Thatcher caused many problems for the coal miners of England in the 1980s.She should have been charged with war crimes at the world court in the Hague for the crimes she committed in Northern Ireland and Argentina.
This women will go down in history as a war criminal and a tyrant.

Apr. 08 2013 01:33 PM
John from Brooklyn

Margaret Thatcher is dead: Sic Semper Tyrannis. Now there, for all of our American conservative brothers and sisters, was your "big government". She changed nothing except to roll back the progress of human rights around the world. She is, this day, with her father Satan in hell.

Apr. 08 2013 11:45 AM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

I remember lots of songs coming out of Britain in the seventies...none of them love songs.

Apr. 08 2013 11:31 AM
jacqueline a beusse from New Jersey

It is sad that Margaret Thatcher suffered from dementia for more than a decade after her retirement from government. She never knew or realized that a few years after she was told by her Conservative Party to leave
her prime minister post and she left crying, President Bill Clinton put Northern Ireland at the top of his agenda.

The tragedy of Northern ireland went on for years when Thatcher was prime minister. President Clinton made a campaign promise when he ran for the presidency. When he won election, he appointed former Senator George
Mitchell D-Maine, to set out on a peace mission for the people of Northern Ireland. It was a difficult road that
Clinton, Mitchell, and two British prime ministers worked together on drafting a peace treaty.Senator Mitchell
succeeded from finally getting the parties to sit down a a table together to elections and both traditions governing the Six Counties of Northeast Ireland.

Today, the Assembly, a democratic form of elected government continues to operate the 6-counties, the people are at peace, the children no longer fear walking to school--all thanks to President Bill Clinton and former Senator George Mitchell who devoted five years of his life to establishing peace with justice in Northern Ireland.

Sadly Margaret Thatcher's decade of dementia and President Reagan's Alzheimer's Disease prevented them from ever knowing the
"Troubles of Northern Ireland", "The Tragedy of the Six Counties" was resolved within a few years of both of their departures from
government. It might have occurred earlier had they seen the road ahead as President Bill Clinton did and Senator George Mitchell
worked toward.

Is it any wonder when President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visit Northern Ireland--ten thousand
people greet them in Belfast. (When Senator George Mitchell was meeting with the leaders of the opposing political parties, Hillary worked with the women of both traditions and their children in planned social meetings which helped he people immensely.

Bravo President Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Senator George Mitchell, Prime Ministers John Major and Tony Blair
and General deChastelain of Canada who dealt with the decomissioning of weapons in the North of Ireland.

Long may peace with justice, equal rights for all, fair employment and equal opportunity in education, health and housing be available to all and respected for generations to come as they govern themselves in the Assembly.

National Public Radio played an important role in advancing the Peace Process in Northern Ireland
by addressing the subject of Northern Ireland regularly on their NPR, WNYC-AM stations.

(Sorry this is a lengthy article but the subject matter was complex and was resolved through adherence to the principles upon which America
was founded: Life, Liberty and Justice for All--Peace with Justice was the goal and was attained.

Apr. 08 2013 10:48 AM
Nick from UWS

Margaret Thatcher brought the vicious poison of Ayn Rand to her policies and ruined Britain, just as our "leaders" have done in the past decade and ruined this country. She did irreversible damage to poor old England. Wherever you find the ideas of Rand, there you will find the rise of fascism, misery and poverty.

Apr. 08 2013 10:08 AM
onexox from detroit

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1opP7tNLzg
maggie's last party

Apr. 08 2013 09:53 AM
Fred from Bloomfield NJ

One thing that's going unsaid is that revival of Britain's economy on her watch was due to North Sea oil.

Apr. 08 2013 09:36 AM

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