Margaret Thatcher 1925-2013 RIP

Britain’s greatest peace time Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has died.

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Baroness Thatcher, Britain’s greatest post-war prime minister, has died at the age of 87 after suffering a stroke, her family has announced.

Her son, Sir Mark, and daughter Carol confirmed that she died this morning.

Lord Bell, her spokesman, said: “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.”

Lady Thatcher died at the Ritz hotel at about 11am after suffering a stroke. Her children were not at her bedside as they were abroad. Her doctor and carer were there when she died.

Buckingham Palace said the Queen was saddened by the news.

David Cameron, the Prime Minister, said: “We’ve lost a great prime minister, a great leader, a great Briton. 

“She didn’t just lead our country, she saved our country, and I believe she’ll go down as the greatest British peacetime prime minister.”

Flags have been lowered to half mast at Downing Street.

Known as the Iron Lady, Margaret Thatcher governed Britain from 1979 to 1990.

She will go down in history not only as Britain’s first female prime minister, but as the woman who transformed Britain’s economy in addition to being a formidable rival on the international stage.

Lady Thatcher was the only British prime minister to leave behind a set of ideas about the role of the state which other leaders and nations strove to copy and apply.

Many features of the modern globalised economy – monetarism, privatisation, deregulation, small government, lower taxes and free trade – were all promoted as a result of policies she employed to reverse Britain’s economic decline.

Above all, in America and in Eastern Europe she was regarded, alongside her friend Ronald Reagan, as one of the two great architects of the West’s victory in the Cold War.

Of modern British prime ministers, only Lady Thatcher’s girlhood hero, Winston Churchill, acquired a higher international reputation.

Lady Thatcher had become increasingly frail in recent years following a series of small strokes in 2001 and 2002.

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  • Michael

    If politicians had a thousandth of Thatcher’s resolve the world would be a far better place.

  • johnbronkhorst

    Magnificent leader. We need one of her in NZ.

  • unsol

    Fantastic video & so very true of our own Labour & Greens excuses for ‘politics’: “you would have the poor poorer provided the rich were less rich”.

    A shame we don’t have the video of her speech when she stated “socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They always run out of other people’s money. It’s quite a characteristic of them.” (Thames TV, 2/5/76)”

    Sad that her family were not present when she died.

    RIP Margaret Thatcher – I’m not sure of you really were an iron lady, but you sure had an iron will. May we always remember how you proved that glass ceilings are but a mere excuse for the weak to cower than to stop those who are truly talented & destined to achieve great things.

  • It is amazing what she managed to achieve and she made only two mistakes –
    1. She greatly overestimated the political clout opponents in her Cabinet had in the 1979 – 82 period (as it transpired they had virtually none);
    2. She should have directed Geoffrey Howe to bring in a balanced budget in April 1980 whatever the cost in spending cuts – to get the bad news over with.
    By making mistake number 1 she made mistake number 2; instead of getting the bad news over with quickly things dragged on for 2 or 3 years whereby every couple of weeks some bad news was announced, followed by more a couple of weeks after that – which was wearying and unsettling for the general public (to say the least!).
    A great leader and may she rest in peace. other than that her economic record was remarkable.

    • Patrick

      I would add her handling of the prisoners in the Maze that went on hunger strike. Turned out to be a huge driver in the upsurge of IRA memberships & fundraising (especially from USA). Along with Paisley she was the main reason for this.

  • Random66

    “She didn’t just lead our country, she saved our country,…”

    Not many can that be said about. What a wonderful tribute and it shows her to be the leader she was. The world is a better place for her being here.

  • rockape

    She was one of the Worlds greatest leaders. My Step mother was quite close to her in the conservative party as was my father and i had the chance to meet her on many occasions. Totally charming and interested in you as a person when you met. Only bad thing i could say was when she came down to the Falklands her C130 broke down so she took mine and I and my troops had to spend an extra 3 weeks over christmas staring at the walls of my tent! A great woman and a sad loss

  • steve and monique

    Sad loss for the world.RIP

  • David Broome

    They don’t make them like they used to. I met her in 1999 – what a star.

  • Hazards001

    Some little Unionist cocksmoker down voting the comments.

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