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#46    TheLastLazyGun

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 02:35 PM

View PostLord Vetinari, on 07 February 2013 - 06:39 PM, said:

i think you missed the sarcasm there.
Where, though, do you get the notion that she was Britain's greatest peace-time PM of the 20th Century? What exactly did she do, beyond giving the Argies what for, that did actually qualify for Greatness? She made Britain a Global Financial Powerhouse? Well, I think we can see now what a sound basis that made for long-term greatness*. And I really don't think you can just blame Blair/Brown/Cameroon; surely it's obvious to all now that the whole concept of the Global Financial Powerhouse was, on the whole, fraudulent, being based, as it is, on something that doesn't actually exist.


* sarcasm in, in case it wasn't apparent

It was Thatcher, like all Tory Prime Minister before and since, who had to clean up the economic mess left to us by Labour.  Remember, it was Labour who were in power for most of the 1970s when Britain's economy hit the doldrums and became the Sick Man of Europe.  It was under Labour when Britain suffered under the Winter of Discontent.  It was therefore left to Thatcher to clean up the economic mess that Labour made, just as it's now left up to Cameron to clean up the economic mess that Labour made.  And Thatcher made a fine job of it, too.  By the late Eighties Britain was booming, with annual economic growth approaching 6%.  Ten years later Labour came to power and, before long, they bankrupted us.

Thatcher very much deserves a statue in her home town.


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Posted 11 February 2013 - 02:32 PM

in related news:

The Telegraph said:


Basildon offers Margaret Thatcher statue a new home

Basildon council has stepped up to offer a home to a £150,000 marble sculpture of Margaret Thatcher after it was snubbed by her home town.


The statue, famously decapitated in 2002 by a protester with a cricket bat, caused a storm last week when people in Baroness Thatcher’s home town of Grantham claimed it would be a “dubious honour” to put it on display.


Now the likeness of Britain's first female Prime Minister had been saved by devotees on Basildon council, in Essex, who want it to become the centrepiece of an estate redevelopment/


The statue was unveiled in 2002 but decapitated later that year. It was later restored and had been offered to the people of Grantham in Lincolnshire - where the Tory heavyweight was born.

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Looks like Saint Margaret could get her peregrination point after all....

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 03:38 PM

the centrepiece of an estate redevelopment?
I'm sure they'll treat it with the respect it deserves.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 03:58 PM

I never heard about the decapitation of Margaret Thatcher ..... thinks wistfully .....

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 08:11 PM

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