April 14, 2013

WHATEVER ELSE ONE MAY THINK OF THESE FIGURES...:

How Should We Rank Margaret Thatcher? (DAVID CANNADINE, 4/14/13, NY Times)

ON Wednesday, Margaret Thatcher's funeral, at St Paul's Cathedral in London, will put her in the company of only three other Britons in more than 200 years: Lord Nelson, the Duke of Wellington and Sir Winston Churchill.

To Mrs. Thatcher's admirers, this is entirely appropriate: she made Britain great again; she was the longest-serving prime minister of the 20th century; and she was the first and only woman to hold that post.

But to her detractors, such elaborate obsequies are wholly inappropriate: imperial pomp that is out of place in post-imperial Britain, a state-funded extravaganza that seems a self-indulgent luxury at a time when government spending is being drastically cut. Hence the demands that the funeral should be privatized by obtaining some form of commercial sponsorship, and hence the threats of protests and demonstrations on the day itself.

Like Churchill before her, Mrs. Thatcher was always more uncritically admired in the United States than in Britain. Here she was a world leader, of unrivaled charisma and authority; there she was a partisan politician, who regarded her enemies as knaves or fools -- or Marxists.

...they are linked by the fact that they won significant victories in the Long War.  Eventually, Tony Blair should share their honor.

That Mrs. Thatcher also revolutionized the Welfare State hardly need enter the equation.

Posted by at April 14, 2013 9:25 AM
  

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