Posts tagged ‘margaret thatcher’

January 17, 2014

Maggie, Maggie, Maggie . . .

by duncanr

thatcherMargaret Thatcher was either loved or loathed

A group of conservative MPs (who clearly belong in the former category) are trying to push a private members bill through parliament to have the August Bank Holiday Monday in the UK renamed ‘Margaret Thatcher Day’

As one of thousands who took to the streets chanting ‘Maggie, Maggie, Maggie – Out, Out, Out!‘ when she was in power, it will be no surprise that I am against naming a national holiday after someone who caused great divisions in the country.

And it seems I am not alone here – thousands have already signed an online petition opposing the proposal to rename the August Bank Holiday ‘Margaret Thatcher Day’

If you want to sign the e-petition visit http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/52411

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September 28, 2013

Maggie, Maggie, Maggie

by duncanr

UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher aroused strong feelings amongst her countrymen – some loved her, others loathed her

I was among the latter category and trudged many a weary mile protesting her policies

The mixed reactions to her were thrown into sharp focus when she died – with many in the country mourning, while others held street parties celebrating her death

The Conservative Party, ahead of their annual conference has released a 10 minute video tribute to ‘Our Magggie’ – nothing says a party is struggling in the polls more than a desperate reminder to the public of past ‘glories’ rather than focussing on present policies !

Perhaps, not so strangely, this tribute to ‘Our Maggie’ and all the good she did for the UK makes no mention of the disastrous poll tax she enforced on Scotland, nor the jobs and communities she destroyed with her confrontational policies towards the Labour movement

While admitting history will regard her as one of the more important UK Prime Ministers – she had more balls than many a male politician before and since – there are many, like me, that do not have the fond memories of her rule that David Cameron and his ilk have !

 

April 8, 2013

Maggie, Maggie, Maggie – Out, Out, Out

by duncanr

margaret thatcherThose of a certain age in the UK will immediately recognise the title of this post. It was a slogan chanted by thousands of people demonstrating against the policies of Margaret Thatcher, the first woman Prime Minister of the UK.

In Scotland, she was regarded with a dislike bordering on hatred over her imposition of the Poll Tax in Scotland ahead of the rest of the UK and she was no friend of the labour movement with her attack on the Trade Unions

The news that she is finally ‘Out” – passed away today (aged 87yrs) of a stroke may not be greeted with universal sympathy

Whatever one’s views on . . .

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