Monday, 8 April 2013

The Iron Lady

I found out the sad news that Baroness Thatcher had passed away today. I think I found out the news much later than others because when I mentioned it to people, everyone seemed to know.

The news of anyone passing away is very sad, even if there is ill-feeling.

However, I was shocked and appalled at some of the posts on social websites and tweets about Margaret Thatcher's death. I just feel that whether people liked her or not to celebrate or rejoice in someone's death is disgraceful. I even saw some people comparing her to Hitler? How hideous! Yes, I did not agree with a lot of the policies I learnt about during her time as Prime-minister. In fact I would go as far to say that I think she led the UK poorly.

But that's not the point here.

I feel for her poor family and loved ones. To grieve a national figure cannot be easy and grief is already a hard journey to navigate as it is. Lets not forget she was the longest serving post war Prime Minister and re-elected for THREE terms. I think that's outstanding! There are some people who clearly admired her strength and I felt she certainly had the courage of her convictions. Regardless of whether Tom, Dick or Harry agreed with her, she stood up for what she believed in and isn't that what we are brought up to do- or at least try to?

Today is a sad day for British history and politics, may she have a strong legacy for people to look up to.

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