This week of course started with the sad news that Baroness Thatcher had passed away. Whether she was known in your household as ‘Thatcher the Milk Snatcher’, ‘The Iron Lady’ or just as ‘Maggie’ … the impact she had on this country and its people during her decade or so as Prime Minister is undeniable, and is almost certainly a contributing factor to why you are reading this today.
I, naturally, make absolutely no apology for being a supporter of Mrs Thatcher’s policies during her time as PM … and I don’t just mean her magnificent leadership during the Falklands War or her very thorough ‘handbagging’ of those nasty little European types in Brussels over farm subsidies … but also the fact she steered Britain through a difficult period of great change not only to the industrial and political structure of this country but also to what people living here thought about themselves.
By this I mean that many who would otherwise have been restricted to a life living in state owned council housing, working for nationalised industries constricted by the disproportionately powerful unions instead had a right to buy their own home, and for what they earned to be defined by their own actions and not agreed on, en masse, on your behalf by a union.
The ethos (one we take for granted today) of being non-reliant on the state, institutions or unions, of stepping away from the crowd and taking responsibility for your own actions and reaping the rewards of doing so … all have their roots in that period when she was Prime Minister.
Of course I know that entrepreneurs existed for many years before 1979, but the ‘Thatcher Years’ saw a change in thinking that meant it was OK to start up on your own without being a ‘traitor to your class’, thinking you were ‘something special’ or having ‘ideas above your station’
I realise she was not everybody’s cup of tea but the quite frankly despicable, disgusting, cowardly halfwits who were throwing parties to ‘celebrate’ her passing really are beneath contempt … even those who do not count themselves among her greatest fans must be careful they do not blame her for simply being the one who was at the helm when the country had to be steered away from an unsustainable path … as we all know it is common for those who will not take responsibility for their own actions to blame those in power for their ills, and Mrs Thatcher as Prime Minister was very powerful indeed.
So, if you agree with the tributes being paid to her or not … you cannot deny that a figure of enormous significance is no longer with us … you cannot deny the effect she has had on the way that you, someone who doesn’t want to blend in with the crowd, someone who doesn’t want the same life that gets doled out to everyone else, can now achieve those things … and you cannot deny her part in why you think that it can even be possible in the first place.
Until Next Time,
Publisher, Tim’s Business Lowe Down