Today (April 8) saw the death of ex-Prime Minister, Baroness Margaret Thatcher. After a series of illnesses she passed away, aged 87, after suffering from a stroke. As arguably the least popular Prime Minister in recent times, it was inevitable that people would take to social media to air their own views, many relishing in her death and others mourning the loss of the staunch Tory. Where should a line be drawn?
I, myself, am a member of the Labour Party and strongly oppose a majority of Conservative policies. I despise what the Tory party stand for and strongly believe that the coalition are doing more damage to our country than many people think. This, of course, could lead people to label me as a ‘typical left-winger’. So be it, but that is my own view.
I do not, however, condone the celebration of Margaret Thatcher’s death. She, as the leader of Great Britain, showed herself to be the epitome of stereotypical Tory values. She championed privatisation, introduced poll tax, unemployment rose, she doubled VAT and even took milk away from school children.
However, she was also the first female British Prime Minister and held the position for eleven years, the longest term to date. She changed politics from being a male-dominated field and showed that women, quite simply, can do whatever men can. I am by no means an active feminist but as I woman I believe that we should be viewed as equals to men. Thatcher proved this on her own platform.
Once news of her death spread, the reactions I saw online were quite frankly repulsive. Thatcher was a hate-figure and most people are aware of this, but to compare her to the likes of Hitler and Bin Laden is absolutely ridiculous and is a completely uneducated reaction. I have noticed that many of those celebrating her death are the ones that have never shown any interest or knowledge of politics to date, perhaps forming their wild opinions from watching The Iron Lady or memes.
As a politician many hated her views, campaigned against them, suffered from them. Away from politics, she was still a mother, a grandmother, a friend. Have some respect for her family mourning the loss and think to yourselves, how would you feel if people were celebrating the loss of your loved ones?