Depending on your political stance you may be one of those people who has fond memories of Maggie. Then again you may not. In the past this blogger has heard people say that they would dance on her grave and worse. Whilst some admired her others could hardly bear to hear her voice by the time she left office. For some her dulcet tones made them feel physically sick.
t is doubtful that any people living in a UK coal mining community of the eighties would remember Thatcher with fondness. She was prepared to pay whatever overtime pay police officers wanted in order to break the miners strike and devastate their communities. Police officers were constantly bragging about how much money they made during the strike and what they were spending it on. New cars, additional holidays and more, whilst the mining families could hardly afford a loaf of bread.
There were scandals and more associated with the Thatcher years but these all seem to be forgotten now as an ageing Maggie is looked at through rose coloured glasses. People abroad may have looked at her tearful final departure from Downing Street with sympathy but many people in the UK cheered with joy.
Today, December 30, 2011, there have been reports via the 30-year rule dating back to Maggie's heyday. They include disgraceful news relating to the Toxteth riots and details of Maggie's expenses. It seems that Mrs T was conscious that she should not use public money to furnish her home. UK news has made a great deal of the fact that Mrs Thatcher bought her own ironing board. Considering the fact that her husband Dennis was a millionaire such an expense would hardly cripple her would it?
The movie, The Iron Lady, should make for interesting viewing. Meryl Streep is cast in the lead role and she is an excellent actress.I t has been reported that she gave an Oscar winning performance in The Iron Lady. Whether we will see Maggie warts and all or a Hollywood version of the woman remains to be seen.
Early reviews indicate that the movie spends more time on Thatcher's later years and the loss of her husband. It appears she is portrayed as a person who sacrificed her life for either the good of the country or glory. Perhaps in order to redress the balance we may sometime see a true biography of the woman referred to as the Iron Lady. That is the side with no compassion for the people of the UK but rather an arrogant attitude.