Category - Margaret Thatcher

  • 29 Apr 2013

    With the backing of Conservative Way Forward, and the Cherish Freedom Trust (CFT) fundraising has begun for a proposed Thatcher Library. With supporters like Rupert Murdoch on board it will no doubt be quite easy to raise £15 million and acquire a prestigious Central London property.

  • 18 Apr 2013

    “Lying here, she is one of us, subject to the common destiny of all human beings”. Speaking at
    Margaret Thatcher's funeral yesterday (17 April) , the Bishop of London reminded us of what a funeral is actually about.

  • 13 Apr 2013

    That a politician as divisive as Margaret Thatcher should polarise opinion in death is probably not surprising. Unfortunately, responses on both sides of the divide have done little but entrench bitterness and have pointed yet again to the sterile confrontationalism of so much of our politics.

  • 11 Apr 2013

    What is there to say about Margaret Thatcher’s legacy? So much has already been said. It’s not just tasteless to celebrate a person’s death: it also seems terribly futile and diminishes our own humanity.

  • 9 Apr 2013

    In Margaret Thatcher’s era, the ‘poll tax’ triggered huge protests. It is not certain at what point large numbers of people will feel they have no share in the UK that this government, and the section of the ruling elite it serves, are seeking to create, notes Savi Hensman. But, sooner or later, the day will come. Cruelly unjust regimes, however mighty they may seem, are built on sand.

  • 8 Apr 2013

    I was two years old when Margaret Thatcher came to power, and thirteen when she resigned.

    Thatcher’s policies led to mass unemployment, leaving my father on the dole for much of my childhood. I started secondary school the year that Section 28 was brought in, banning schools from presenting same-sex relationships as legitimate.

  • 8 Apr 2013

    "Don't Hate, Donate: Be the society Thatcher said didn't exist". That is the message of a website (http://donthatedonate.com/) established in the wake of news of the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher today (8 April 2013), following a major stroke and long-term illness.

  • 28 Dec 2012

    UK government Cabinet papers from 1982, now released under the 30-year disclosure rule, confirm that the dismantling of the welfare state, the privatisation of the NHS and the savage cutting of public services has been a long-held ambition of the Conservative party.

  • 11 Aug 2010

    The Prime Minister's rapid response to the furore over his proposal to scrap free milk for children under five is revealing, says Jill Segger. But what it shows is political self-regard rather than high principle.

  • 28 Jun 2010

    Around the time that Norman Tebbit made his famous comments about unemployed people getting on their bikes, my father was doing just that.