The Iron Lady Passes

Yes, I know, I'm very late to this one- what can I say, I've been busy:
Lady Thatcher's children Mark and Carol said their mother, who suffered bouts of ill health in recent years, died peacefully after suffering a stroke at the age of 87.
She died about 11am at the Ritz in central London, where she had been staying since January following a minor operation. A private ambulance drove her body from the hotel shortly before midnight.
Unsurprisingly, the Left used this opportunity to express a bit of multiculturalism:
Similar celebrations in Bristol left six police officers injured after an anti-Thatcher crowd turned violent and began throwing missiles at police.
A 300 strong crowd also gathered in Glasgow and chanted insults about Britain’s only female Prime Minister. 
The protests have been widely criticised, including by Labour leader Ed Miliband.

In the south London borough some people carried banners, with one saying "Rejoice, Thatcher is dead."

They also opened champagne and cheered, shouting: "Maggie, Maggie, Maggie, dead, dead, dead."

One shouted: "Free milk for all."
The barbarity of the Left in expressing their disdain for conservatives is nothing new. Any libertarian or natural rights conservative who has ever had to deal with an unreconstructed liberal knows full well that they consider us not just completely crazy, but actively dangerous to boot.

As for the actual passing of the Iron Lady, like Vox Day, I tend to view her as more of a tragic figure than a legendary defender of the last light of the West. Like Reagan, she allowed government to grow during her time in power, not shrink. Like Reagan, she held the line against Communism and proved to be an ardent defender of Western civilisation- right up to the point where she betrayed it by letting the EU dictate British policy. Like Reagan, she allowed immigrants into the country in previously unprecedented numbers, and now Britain is paying the price. There's an interesting libertarian take on Mrs. Thatcher's legacy here (h/t Vox), which should be read in full to get a real sense of perspective on her passing.

None of this changes my great respect for Mrs. Thatcher (or for President Reagan, while we're on the subject). Flawed and tragic as she was, she was also exactly what Britain and her allies needed at the time. She provided strong leadership at a time when Britain's place in the world was looking increasingly tenuous, and she did it in a manner that left no doubt whatsoever that she meant business. Her legendary tenacity during the Miners' Strike was something that Britain had never seen before- and honestly hasn't seen since.

When Ronald Reagan passed, Baroness Thatcher wrote a simple quote from the Gospel of Matthew: "Well done, thou good and faithful servant" (Matthew 25:23). It seems only fitting to say the same about her, despite her flawed legacy.


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