A Liberal View On Margaret Thatcher
Posted by Sean Ash
“I hope Lady Thatcher’s death was painful”, “87 years too late” and “Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead” are just some of the things being said by members of the public to celebrate the death of Margaret Thatcher. Her son, Mark, has not only had to bereave his mother but he has also had to listen to what many people thought of her whether that being songs of praise or chants of repugnance. Being a public figure can’t be easy. Especially when some think you get it right and others think you have it all wrong. The saying in politics goes “you can’t please them all” and why should you? We are all different and we all buy into different ideals.
We find love in different philosophies and we try to live our lives according to our findings in such principles. For many of the socially inclined, they would oppose Thatcher because their principles rest in socialization and in the public sector. If Thatcher was guilty of anything, it was finding principles elsewhere. Her principles rest in competition, individuals, striving and thriving and mainly in the private sector. Her crime was not her principles, but her leaving many people behind, hopeless and without support. As a social liberal, I do not make this stand in defense of Thatcher’s ideals, her being a Conservative or in defense of her actions. It is true, she caused great suffering and did so proudly. However, she also found pride in creating a step for many people at the bottom to climb on so they could become more.
She is constantly blamed for being the woman that divided a nation but I find more divisive attitudes in the class mentality that Marx left behind. We all, even Conservatives, can be very defensive of either the public or private sector. As a liberal, I believe that it is about overcoming adversary and working towards pluralism. Our biggest problem we face today as a nation is our tribal attitudes towards one another. It is so easy to fall into the trap of finding homes within certain camps. However, we have to try and see one another from a human perspective. Otherwise, it makes all those chanting such horrid things about Thatcher no better, and is that the type of society we truly want?
Love her or loathe her, it is completely wrong and inhuman to curse the name of any human being that is no longer with us. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that”. If you opposed Thatcher that much, and if you really did not like the legacy she left behind, there are more loving and humanitarian ways of refuting others. It’s called leading by example.