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Thatcher - Has passed away.

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Right folks, here's how this is going to work.

 

Myself and ckn, as moderators on here, have agreed this policy between us as a means of attempting to keep things as civil as possible on here on what will be a very emotive subject for a lot of people on all sides of the 'debate'. Please help us do that by following the advice below.

 

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Has the internet exploded yet?

I tell you what, it does feel very odd that she's no longer around, like her or not (and I didn't).

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RLFans is filling up with posters all vying with each other to be the most offensive and to prove they hated her more than anyone else.

The first two pages there entirely justify the moderating postion here.

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RLFans is filling up with posters all vying with each other to be the most offensive

 

 

And then this news broke....! 

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And then this news broke....! 

Bdum

Tish

 

Here all week :D

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And then this news broke....! 

 

  :lol:

 

I'll officially rule myself out of this discussion, on the basis that both people I agree and disagree with are likely to embarrass themselves in reaction to this news.

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And then this news broke....! 

Love it! :D (I really hope this isn't the time the quote function goes down or I could find myself in trouble)

 

 

As it's i) political and ii) grown up, I'll sit this one out. I'm only a young un and she was a figure from the past when I was growing up. And like most things, something I know very little of. Still, it might make interesting reading.

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Just heard a loud whoop from next door.

 

They must have heard the news.

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Taking the afternoon off to meet my dad for a celebratory drink. He's needed cheering up recently, so this'll be just the thing.

 

I won't be indulging in the debate, we've had it all before and no-one's going to change their opinion now she's finally gone.

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Taking the afternoon off to meet my dad for a celebratory drink. He's needed cheering up recently, so this'll be just the thing.

 

I won't be indulging in the debate, we've had it all before and no-one's going to change their opinion now she's finally gone.

 

True.

 

I doubt if anyone is occupying the middle ground.

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Again, while I know nowt, the reactions already (non-thread too) are almost an education on that time in itself.

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While I appreciate that, to put it mildly she isn't everyone's favorite political figure, I'd like to quote my mum (who isn't dyed in the wool blue or red)

 

"When Thatcher became Prime Minister, it made me realize that, as a woman, I could do any job I wanted"


Regardless of politics that is a powerful sentiment.

 

My sympathies to her family.

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Asking as I don't know: is it usual for funerals of PMs to be as grand as this one sound like it will be?

Yes or no is all I need

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Asking as I don't know: is it usual for funerals of PMs to be as grand as this one sound like it will be?

Yes or no is all I need

Churchill's funeral was enormous, involving a boat trip on the Thames.

 

Every other PM in my lifetime; nothing much.

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Elton John's doing his warmups, scales and arpeggios as he waits for the phone to ring.

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I thought she did what needed to be done at the time.  Had Thatcher not been our PM back then we would still be living in the 1970s, God help us.

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If your friend, she was utterly ruthless in protecting you.  If your enemy or an opponent, she was utterly ruthless in defeating you.  Unfortunately for most of my upbringing she was an opponent of my community and culture.

 

I won't shed a tear at her passing having spent many of my formative years growing up in devastated mining communities.  That said, I won't be celebrating either, it was 23 years ago she left power, that's a long time to hold on to hatred as so many people have done.  The old saying of "forgive but never forget" couldn't be more true in my attitude towards her.

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True.

 

I doubt if anyone is occupying the middle ground.

 

Just me.

 

To some she was the saviour of Britain and other she was Satan incarnate. Like most people she was somewhere in the middle. A human, not a particularly humane one but a human nonetheless. RIP.

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Ullman mentioned a whoop from his next door neighbour, but I was a bit wary of the reaction of the next person I was likely to see. I was in my delivery van, listening to music on the radio, when I thought I'd switch over to Radio Scotland for the forthcoming news. What I heard was "...cher passed away today after a stroke." I thought the name could have been Fletcher, but wasn't sure.

Anyway, I delivered the mail to the next cottage, and then got back into the can to drive to the next address - which, coincidently, happened to be the home of the brother of a Tory MP (for somewhere down south). As I needed to knock on the door, I had to decide on what I would say if he or his wife were visibly upset - I'd just offer my sympathies in a general sense and not get drawn into the politics of it all, or her greatness (or otherwise). As it turned out the gentleman was in the garden and was very cheery and chatty! Either he hadn't heard the news or he doesn't share his brother's political views.

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