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2013-04-09 11:08:31 AM
"Margaret Thatcher was a pioneer, willingly or unwillingly, for the role of women in politics. It is hard to imagine a part of our current history that has not been affected by measures she put forward in the UK at the end of the 20th century. Her hard-nosed fiscal measures took a toll on the poor, and her hands-off approach to financial regulation led to great wealth for others. There is an argument that her steadfast, almost emotional loyalty to the pound sterling has helped the UK weather the storms of European monetary uncertainty.

But to me she was a figure of awe for her personal strength and grit. To have come up, legitimately, through the ranks of the British political system, class bound and gender phobic as it was, in the time that she did and the way that she did, was a formidable achievement. To have won it, not because she inherited position as the daughter of a great man, or the widow of an important man, but by dint of her own striving. To have withstood the special hatred and ridicule, unprecedented in my opinion, leveled in our time at a public figure who was not a mass murderer; and to have managed to keep her convictions attached to fervent ideals and ideas-wrongheaded or misguided as we might see them now-without corruption-I see that as evidence of some kind of greatness, worthy for the argument of history to settle."


--Meryl Streep
(a dyed-in-the-wool "liberal")
 
2013-04-09 11:08:44 AM

Fart_Machine: Is it the Klaus Nomi version? That's my favorite.


Sadly no, though I'm partial to that version myself. I actually went and listened to it after reading the article.

/Stupid aids.
 
2013-04-09 11:09:15 AM
That's a bit crass. But I won't be a hypocrite about it; I fully intend to party when Cheney's new heart inevitably explodes.
 
2013-04-09 11:09:22 AM
More proof on how intolerant and sexist the leftists really are.
 
2013-04-09 11:09:34 AM
Tacky. And disrespectful. Un-British.
 
2013-04-09 11:09:41 AM

RickyWilliams'sBong: I just hope they bury her with an empty milk bottle.


I hope they cover her grave with full bottles of milk. Like Diana's was covered with thousands of flowers. But with thousands and thousands of bottles of milk.

Like the the really oppressed people say. "Never forget or you'll let them repeat it."
 
2013-04-09 11:10:45 AM

Marine1: The difference between the people that hated Thatcher and those who aren't dancing on her grave is that the ones who have a modicum of respect for her are doing something with their lives that doesn't include impotent rage on the internet.


Wut?

Her policies hurt millions of people who are still struggling with the affects of her privatization which enriched a relative few at their expense.

Britain is reeling from the choice to outsource manufacturing. That helped cut labor costs for the already well-off but that put millions out of work. Those millions not working then don't have money to spend to support the wider economy.

Without a healthy middle-class there is no healthy economy. There is only shuffling of benefits to keep the lives of the unemployed from completely exploding while blaming them for not working.

At some point the house of cards collapses and we start hanging bankers and politicians who started this mess from trees.
 
2013-04-09 11:10:50 AM

A Dark Evil Omen: UNC_Samurai: genner: Stay classy liberals.

Somehow I don't think political ideology is the underlying factor with mining towns and other segments of the population that got the business end of her policies, but by all means continue to lay down your partisan trolling hackery.

No, no, anyone who is against conservative policies that rob them personally and is angry at the person who championed them is clearly a liberal socialist lizard person. They can't be just mad about having their pockets picked.


Here's one of those terrible liberal socialists:
i48.photobucket.com
 
2013-04-09 11:11:38 AM
Which old witch?
 
2013-04-09 11:12:18 AM

lordaction: More proof on how intolerant and sexist the leftists really are.


So, if our dislike of Thatcher means we're sexist, does that mean that everyone who dislikes Obama is racist?
 
2013-04-09 11:13:52 AM
 
2013-04-09 11:13:58 AM
Once somebody dies, we must no longer insult them or offer unfavorable opinions. Furthermore, we must let all manner of bullsh*t be said in their defense, regardless of how true it may be, because what's the point of dying if your supporters aren't getting a mulligan on saying whatever sweet f*ckall comes into their heads in concerns to how great you were? That's just fair. But to hear otherwise from the opposition? That's right out.
 
2013-04-09 11:13:59 AM

Infinity370: You all celebrated when Chavez died, you hypocrites.


The difference being that Chavez actually was a monster as opposed to Thatcher whose main crime was proving liberals like Chavez wrong.
 
2013-04-09 11:14:55 AM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-04-09 11:14:58 AM

lohphat: Marine1: The difference between the people that hated Thatcher and those who aren't dancing on her grave is that the ones who have a modicum of respect for her are doing something with their lives that doesn't include impotent rage on the internet.

Wut?

Her policies hurt millions of people who are still struggling with the affects of her privatization which enriched a relative few at their expense.

Britain is reeling from the choice to outsource manufacturing. That helped cut labor costs for the already well-off but that put millions out of work. Those millions not working then don't have money to spend to support the wider economy.

Without a healthy middle-class there is no healthy economy. There is only shuffling of benefits to keep the lives of the unemployed from completely exploding while blaming them for not working.

At some point the house of cards collapses and we start hanging bankers and politicians who started this mess from trees.


Dude. It's been thirty farking years. If you can't find a way to escape a situation in that length of time, it's not Margaret Thatcher's fault that you're where you are.
 
2013-04-09 11:15:43 AM

Godscrack: Which old witch?


www.qsrmagazine.com
 
2013-04-09 11:15:47 AM

Lawyers With Nukes: Wow lefty's, here's your score in the past 12 hours:

- openly celebrating the death of a political opponent
- calling for the imprisonment of opposition journalists
- saying our children are property of the state

Fortunately you guys keep getting snookered by corporate shills come election time. Otherwise, this place would look like Somalia inside of a week.


0/10
 
2013-04-09 11:16:24 AM

Godscrack: Which old witch?


Old witch of the East
 
2013-04-09 11:16:33 AM
While I agree that delight in another person's death is beneath a civil society...

...I also heard someone quoted as saying "Her public funeral is going to cost 9 million pounds.  For that price, you could buy every Scotsman a shovel and we could deliver her to hell personally."
 
2013-04-09 11:16:40 AM
This is unacceptable, you should all learn about how to behave by looking back at how conservatives behaved when Ted Kennedy died, because that was a totally different experience, everyone was very respectful, and had kind words for the Kennedy family... or am I remembering it wrong....
 
2013-04-09 11:16:42 AM
Thatcher's tenure in a numerical nutshell via Wikipedia.

GDP and public spending by classification - % change in real terms 1979/80 to 1989/90
GDP.                                        +23.3
Total government spending     +12.9
Law and order                          +53.3
Employment and training         +33.3
Health                                      +31.8
Social security                         +31.8
Transport                                 −5.8
Trade and industry                  −38.2
Housing                                   −67.0
Defence                                   −3.3
 
2013-04-09 11:16:54 AM

rufus-t-firefly: lordaction: More proof on how intolerant and sexist the leftists really are.

So, if our dislike of Thatcher means we're sexist, does that mean that everyone who dislikes Obama is racist?


We must also delude ourselves into believing that Thatcher was really born in Thailand and that she was a Buddhist Manchurian candidate.
 
2013-04-09 11:18:04 AM
The Tories might have found it a bit easier to take the moral high ground if they hadn't spent the last week using the murder of 6 children as a platform for cutting welfare.
 
2013-04-09 11:18:07 AM

Irregardless: Thatcher's tenure in a numerical nutshell via Wikipedia.

GDP and public spending by classification - % change in real terms 1979/80 to 1989/90
GDP.                                        +23.3
Total government spending     +12.9
Law and order                          +53.3
Employment and training         +33.3
Health                                      +31.8
Social security                         +31.8
Transport                                 −5.8
Trade and industry                  −38.2
Housing                                   −67.0
Defence                                   −3.3


Looks like a relatively good run to me.
 
2013-04-09 11:18:26 AM
Catty fishwives...
 
2013-04-09 11:18:32 AM

rufus-t-firefly: lordaction: More proof on how intolerant and sexist the leftists really are.

So, if our dislike of Thatcher means we're sexist, does that mean that everyone who dislikes Obama is racist?


Maybe he's a hipster and just being ironic?
 
2013-04-09 11:20:20 AM

darth_badger: Godscrack: Which old witch?

[www.qsrmagazine.com image 800x630]


Got one of those near where I live.  Not bad of a place.
 
2013-04-09 11:21:29 AM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-04-09 11:23:06 AM

The Irresponsible Captain: [i.imgur.com image 850x602]


"Uh, Stephan, what are 'Phlembots'?"
 
2013-04-09 11:23:56 AM

Infinity370: [i.imgur.com image 635x800]


That's almost as funny as Obama Nation.
 
2013-04-09 11:25:13 AM

rufus-t-firefly: So, if our dislike of Thatcher means we're sexist, does that mean that everyone who dislikes Obama is racist?


It works the same way, yeah.
 
2013-04-09 11:29:06 AM

rufus-t-firefly: lordaction: More proof on how intolerant and sexist the leftists really are.

So, if our dislike of Thatcher means we're sexist, does that mean that everyone who dislikes Obama is racist?


No, it means everyone who voted for him is racist because they only voted for him because of his skin color.  Republicans don't see skin color at all when they make decisions.
 
2013-04-09 11:29:13 AM
Do we accept people celebrating the death of another human being now, has our society fallen so low that celebrating someones death is acceptable and not in anyway poor taste or vulgar! Respect for human life is at an all time low. NRA you have won, arm everyone, because people dying is ok now
 
2013-04-09 11:30:22 AM

DubtodaIll: It's funny that England still thinks it's important.


He said, joining a comment thread dedicated to discussing the British public's sarcastic reaction to the death of a PM who left office twenty years ago.

Cream of Meat: Can a resident limey give me a primer on this lady.  I'm guessing she's the female GWB from the comments above.


You know, even with all the vitriol that's been pissed in her direction the last two days that still may be one of the most insulting thing anyone's ever said about her. Excluding Palin comparisons of course.

She was Prime Minister of the UK in eighties (79-90), the first and, thus far only, woman to hold the role. She was very right-wing, hated communism and socialism and was good friends with Ronald Reagan (and Augustus Pinochet).

Britain was pretty socialist when she became Prime Minister and she undertook a substantial programme to reform/privatise/dismantle state owned industries. This involved putting a lot of people out of work and various parts of the country have never recovered economically. As you have seen there is still a great deal of resentment toward her because of that. A lot of people seem to believe that she inflicted irreparable changes
for the worse, although, I suspect that idea does tend to rely on an overly romaniticised view life pre-Thatcher.
 
2013-04-09 11:31:09 AM

Satanic_Hamster: darth_badger: Godscrack: Which old witch?

[www.qsrmagazine.com image 800x630]

Got one of those near where I live.  Not bad of a place.


and a free sandwich on your birthday if you sign up for it.
 
2013-04-09 11:33:28 AM

Marine1:

Dude. It's been thirty farking years. If you can't find a way to escape a situation in that length of time, it's not Margaret Thatcher's fault that you're where you are.


Right working retail service jobs with no pension was a way out.

Note the same has happened in the US.

we used to have a stable manufacturing sector which provided reliable employment and a pension so you wouldn't be eating dogfood on the street after age 65.

Most of that is now gone.

No pensions. Companies neglecting their contractual obligations to fund retirement plans only to have their responsibilities to their employees excused by bankruptcy courts. In the case of UAL they tried to have the government take over the pensions (privatized gains, socialized losses) Savings and "safe" investments destroyed via bank deregulation and insolvency. Seniors having to work to survive keeping jobs out of the hands of the younger generations. Etc.

The destabilization of the middle class also reduces the ability to contribute tax revenue to feed our ever growing debt payments -- mostly for wars we didn't need. Note the deficit and debt skyrocketed during the 80s as Reagan put our "prosperity" on a credit card his generation didn't have to pay off. But no. The wealthy need more tax cuts and offshoring of assets.

The US and the UK are banana republics with a huge gap between the haves and the have nots with the worst social mobility gap since the 1930s.

If you look at the wealthy class in these countries it's usually people from the financial sector and foreign oligharchies with the wealth, not the bootstrappy smart guy who won through a meritocracy.
 
2013-04-09 11:35:25 AM

GoldSpider: rufus-t-firefly: So, if our dislike of Thatcher means we're sexist, does that mean that everyone who dislikes Obama is racist?

It works the same way, yeah.


But on the plus side, since Thatcher supported Apartheid and publicly referred to Nelson Mandela as a "terrorist", you can dislike her and totally not be racist.
 
2013-04-09 11:36:59 AM
Freaking conservative douchebags....They celebrate hayte-spewing assholes like Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck, Sean Hannity, Newt Gingrich, etc, etc., ad nauseum. Just let a Lefty spew a little like-minded hate and they are all up in arms, in spite of the fact they said nothing when those who celebrated Chavez' death were just as bad.

Get over yourselves you useless pricks. Maggie was a horrible, horrible person and if those that were negatively affected by her policies want to celebrate her death, let 'em.
That being said, I don't think it is appropriate and I would not do the same. Didn't do it when Ronnie died and didn't do it when OBL got capped. Now when GWB kicks the bucket, I might have to make nachos.
 
2013-04-09 11:40:15 AM
You know, there *is* a new Wizard of Oz movie out. Perhaps those that saw it, wanted to know what the original was (a classic) and liked the song...

Speaking of which, if you haven't seen it, the new one is worth the money.
 
2013-04-09 11:41:21 AM

lohphat: Marine1: The difference between the people that hated Thatcher and those who aren't dancing on her grave is that the ones who have a modicum of respect for her are doing something with their lives that doesn't include impotent rage on the internet.

Wut?

Her policies hurt millions of people who are still struggling with the affects of her privatization which enriched a relative few at their expense.

Britain is reeling from the choice to outsource manufacturing. That helped cut labor costs for the already well-off but that put millions out of work. Those millions not working then don't have money to spend to support the wider economy.

Without a healthy middle-class there is no healthy economy. There is only shuffling of benefits to keep the lives of the unemployed from completely exploding while blaming them for not working.

At some point the house of cards collapses and we start hanging bankers and politicians who started this mess from trees.



The British manufacturing industry was utter shiat at the time. We may look back at British Leyland with rose tinted glasses but it churned out shiat that made the Fiat look good and the damage was done before Thatcher ever came to power. If you had the bad luck to buy an Allegro, Metro or Montego you know what i mean.

The same with the coal industry. The main use for coal was in power stations, you know those smoke chugging power stations that belch out CO2, sulphur and radioactivity that needed to be replaced with much cleaner energy if we want to slow down climate change.

The entire country was up shiat creek with rampant unemployment, nationalised industries that had dragged the country into bankruptcy and unions whose leadership were living the good life and wanted to be more powerful than the elected government.

While her medicine may have been bad something needed to be done and Labour had no idea what to do.
 
2013-04-09 11:41:26 AM
GDP and public spending by classification - % change in real terms 1979/80 to 1989/90
GDP. +23.3
Total government spending +12.9
Law and order +53.3
Employment and training +33.3
Health +31.8
Social security +31.8
Transport −5.8
Trade and industry −38.2
Housing −67.0
Defence −3.3


It's hilarious that one of the biggest issues the left has with Thatcher is her housing initiative - it was designed to get people out of government-owned housing and into self-owned housing. A great evil, apparently,

Of course, one of the prominent themes in housing policy in the US by the Democrats over the last few decades has been... to try and get poorer people into self-owned housing.

On the other hand, she presided over a huge increase in the NHS. Which was apparently also evil, even though it's the number one thing that leftists love unreservedly now.
 
2013-04-09 11:42:36 AM

Marine1: Irregardless: Thatcher's tenure in a numerical nutshell via Wikipedia.

GDP and public spending by classification - % change in real terms 1979/80 to 1989/90
GDP.                                        +23.3
Total government spending     +12.9
Law and order                          +53.3
Employment and training         +33.3
Health                                      +31.8
Social security                         +31.8
Transport                                 −5.8
Trade and industry                  −38.2
Housing                                   −67.0
Defence                                   −3.3

Looks like a relatively good run to me.


Looks like a Socialist if you use the Teabagger definition!
 
2013-04-09 11:43:24 AM
Liberals are classy and not at all vindictive.

doosh.

http://americablog.com/2012/03/andrew-breitbart-on-ted-kennedys-pass in g.html
 
2013-04-09 11:43:26 AM
I'm just really disappointed that so many people are happy that Annette Funicello died.
 
2013-04-09 11:45:13 AM

DesktopHippie: The Tories might have found it a bit easier to take the moral high ground if they hadn't spent the last week using the murder of 6 children as a platform for cutting welfare.


What? Apparently I've missed something...
 
2013-04-09 11:45:57 AM

Huron77: Tacky. And disrespectful. Un-British.


We Brits can be amazingly tacky and disrespectful, it's just rare.
 
2013-04-09 11:46:52 AM

Harmania: I'm just really disappointed that so many people are happy that Annette Funicello died.

Well, SHE thinks it's great:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Suwa3_oYuik
 
2013-04-09 11:48:40 AM

pagansexgod: Do we accept people celebrating the death of another human being now, has our society fallen so low that celebrating someones death is acceptable and not in anyway poor taste or vulgar! Respect for human life is at an all time low. NRA you have won, arm everyone, because people dying is ok now


Yes. And don't blame the NRA. A lack of civility and respect is not a left-right thing, but the product of bad upbringing.
 
2013-04-09 11:48:58 AM

Infinity370: To all whining rightwingers. You all celebrated when Chavez died, you hypocrites.


Yourenothelping.jpg

Chavez was *not* a liberal hero.
 
2013-04-09 11:50:05 AM

Mrtraveler01: Lawyers With Nukes: Wow lefty's, here's your score in the past 12 hours:

- openly celebrating the death of a political opponent
- calling for the imprisonment of opposition journalists
- saying our children are property of the state

Fortunately you guys keep getting snookered by corporate shills come election time. Otherwise, this place would look like Somalia inside of a week.

0/10


Actually that's a 0/3
 
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