Apr 08, 2013 2:42 PM GMT
May she rest in peace.
Whatever you thought of Margaret Thatcher — and during an unbroken stretch in office from 1979 to 1990 the former Prime Minister, who died on April 8 after a stroke, aged 87, attracted both passionate support and deep loathing — you never doubted her force of will. The Iron Lady showed her mettle again and again, wrenching Britain, often brutally, out of a malaise and sense of all-encompassing failure that had blighted it for much of the era after the end of World War II. This meant not only facing down opponents but also critics in her own party, who ran scared as the strong economic medicine she prescribed sickened swathes of voters. “To those waiting with bated breath for that favorite media catchphrase, the U-turn, I have only one thing to say,” she declared at the 1980 Conservative party conference. “You turn if you want to. The lady’s not for turning.”