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Former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Dead at 87

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Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has died from a stroke, her press spokesman Lord Bell told news outlets this morning. Thatcher was the longest-serving prime minister of the UK of the 20th Century

Bell's statement according to the Press Association: "It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning. A further statement will be made later."

NYT:

Lady Thatcher had been in poor health for months. She served as prime minister for 11 years, beginning in 1979. She was known variously as the ‘Iron Lady,’ a stern Conservative who transformed Britain’s way of thinking about its economic and political life, broke union power and opened the way to far greater private ownership.

The Daily Beast's Tom Doran details her gay rights legacy:

Here, as with most of her achievements, it's a mixed bag. As a member of Parliament (MP) in the 1960s, she was one of only a handful of Conservatives to vote for the decriminalization of homosexuality, a truly forward-thinking and brave gesture that she deserves a great deal of credit for.

Sadly, as Prime Minister, she would squander much of that credit (ironically enough, for a politician who put such stock in thrift) by lending her support to one of the nastiest anti-gay measures of modern times: the infamous Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988, which forbade schools from teaching "the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship". This was despite the open secret (among Westminster insiders, at least) that several prominent members of her government were themselves gay, albeit in reinforced-steel closets.

More on the repeal of Section 28 here.

RIP.

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  1. RIP? ROFLMAO!

    What is this odd need in gay men to worship antigay women? Do they have a mommy complex?

    Thatcher was a bigoted, racist, antigay shrew.

    Thatcher = Section 28.

    Posted by: Christopher | Apr 8, 2013 10:18:56 AM


  2. Next up! JackFknTwist demands that Gibraltar be ceded back to Spain, even though the Spanish signed over their sovereignty in 1713 via the Treaty of Utrecht.

    Yes, Britain has a horrible history of colonialism and death, but you Malvinians are backing the wrong horse.

    Caliban, thanks for the Elvis Costello lyrics, it's a great song. Lots of anti-Thatcher songs from that period, such as "Margaret on the Guilliotine" by Morrissey, "Stand Down Margaret" by The (English) Beat etc.

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Apr 8, 2013 10:18:58 AM


  3. JackFknTwist is Irish with a big chip on his shoulder that demands everyone else see history his way, and agree with him. Back to your anger management pills, Jack.

    Posted by: Randal Oulton | Apr 8, 2013 10:28:36 AM


  4. @ Henry Holland :

    Gee, yeah ! Just like the British had to hand back Hong Kong to the Chinese at the end of the lease.
    Are you suggesting that the Treaty of Utrecht was fair and equitable ?

    Are you suggesting that the Spanish keep Ceuta ?
    Or the Portugese keep Macao ? and Goa ?

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Apr 8, 2013 10:35:25 AM


  5. @ Randal Oulton :

    And you supported Margaret Thatcher ?
    Or is your comment just another troll ad hominem internet fart ?

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Apr 8, 2013 10:37:18 AM


  6. She belongs in the AIDS Hall of Shame w/ her friends Ronnie Raygun and PW Botha. Good riddence!

    Posted by: Tim | Apr 8, 2013 11:00:07 AM


  7. Ding dong the witch is dead ! What a GREAT day ! I have waited for this day since 1979 !!! Woo hoo ! Celebrate ! The most evil person since Adolf Hitler is dead !

    Posted by: Icebloo | Apr 8, 2013 11:38:07 AM


  8. I liked her and she did vote to decrimilize homosexuality in 67 as for the rest of her career she was no different than others in politics at that time period so in not going to go after her specifically. Also the Falkins are a British colony and belong to Britain deal with it, they had a right to fight Argentina and defed their territory, also screw the Irish and the IRA murderous animals.

    Posted by: Lee | Apr 8, 2013 11:44:27 AM


  9. I liked her and she did vote to decrimilize homosexuality in 67 as for the rest of her career she was no different than others in politics at that time period so in not going to go after her specifically. Also the Falkins are a British colony and belong to Britain deal with it, they had a right to fight Argentina and defed their territory, also screw the Irish and the IRA murderous animals.

    Posted by: Lee | Apr 8, 2013 11:44:29 AM


  10. Jack, please provide evidence that ethnic Falkland Islanders are disenfranchised, and how that disenfranchisement may have skewed the proper interpretation of the 2013 referendum. Thanks.

    Posted by: Jake Orlando | Apr 8, 2013 11:46:38 AM


  11. Wow. What to say? Certain friends of mine would say she was a class act. Other friends would say 'otherwise'. Myself...I'm going to stay mum. I guess now I can finally see the Meryl Streep flick, at least.

    Posted by: mickyflip | Apr 8, 2013 11:47:23 AM


  12. Good.

    Posted by: Douglas | Apr 8, 2013 12:00:31 PM


  13. Since Argentina is almost entirely populated by European descendants whose ancestors showed up and wiped out most of the indigenous population, I don't see how their anti-colonialist credentials are very believable.

    Posted by: KHW3 | Apr 8, 2013 12:05:55 PM


  14. dm, where Lady Thatcher is concerned, I never rejoice when anyone dies, no matter how reprehensible their actions were while they were alive. However, I do breathe a sigh of relief because it means one less enemy to deal with.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Apr 8, 2013 2:00:23 PM


  15. @ Lee :

    The IRA were not "murderous thugs"......you obviously have little understanding of the politics of the situation.
    I note you make the general comment "screw the Irish ...."
    Why don't you just go phuck yourself you racist bigot.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Apr 8, 2013 2:32:12 PM


  16. @ Lee :

    The IRA were not "murderous thugs"......you obviously have little understanding of the politics of the situation.
    I note you make the general comment "screw the Irish ...."
    Why don't you just go phuck yourself you racist bigot.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Apr 8, 2013 2:33:12 PM


  17. http://fablog.ehrensteinland.com/2013/04/08/death-comes-for-the-grocers-daughter/

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Apr 8, 2013 2:48:02 PM


  18. http://fablog.ehrensteinland.com/2013/04/08/death-comes-for-the-grocers-daughter/

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Apr 8, 2013 2:48:37 PM


  19. It is very hard for Americans to evaluate the career of Baroness Thatcher. I do remember that she once compared her Conservative Party to BOTH the Republican and Democratic Parties in this country. By contrast, the Labour Party would be considered Socialist, and therefore out of the mainstream from the U.S.'s point of view. Over here, she was seen as pretty good, unless you were a bone-fide left-winger.

    Posted by: ernstroehm's ghost | Apr 8, 2013 4:35:54 PM


  20. It is very hard for Americans to evaluate the career of Baroness Thatcher. I do remember that she once compared her Conservative Party to BOTH the Republican and Democratic Parties in this country. By contrast, the Labour Party would be considered Socialist, and therefore out of the mainstream from the U.S.'s point of view. Over here, she was seen as pretty good, unless you were a bonefide left-winger.

    Posted by: ernstroehm's ghost | Apr 8, 2013 4:36:25 PM


  21. Agreed. Falkland's is British. Kirchner needs to stuff it. She effed up Argentina, now she's fishing for external 'causes' to rally the people. Pathetic.

    Thatcher didn't materialize out of a vacuum, neither Reagan. Leftist and 'progressives' in America need to look in a mirror when studying this period in history. Yes, she was a b*tch in many ways, but all in all a mixed.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 8, 2013 5:07:25 PM


  22. "They say you shouldnt say nothing about the dead unless its good. she's dead, Good"
    ........................Moms Mabley

    Posted by: Bellah | Apr 8, 2013 6:12:09 PM


  23. Lady Thatcher's Tories now support gay marriage. I do not believe that she has ever said that is a mistake.

    She may not have been as good on gay rights as Senator Goldwater, but I am sure that the majority here would take the Tories of today over today's Republican Party.

    Posted by: Justin | Apr 8, 2013 9:00:55 PM


  24. Don't agree with most of her policies, however voting to decriminalize homosexuality in 1967 (in the CONSERVATIVE PARTY no less), and standing up for The Falklanders, does deserve praise. RIP.

    Posted by: Chris | Apr 8, 2013 9:12:46 PM


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