Connect to share and comment

The Lady wobbled? Thatcher considered 'withdrawing' from Northern Ireland

LONDON —  A trove of 1983 government documents declassified after 30 years show former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher doubted Britain would solve the conflict between Irish republicans and pro-British unionists and that she struggled for support from her cabinet for spending cuts that were significantly smaller than the austerity measures the current government is undertaking.

The Iron Lady is gone, but Thatcherism is alive and well

Commentary: Her influence lives on in the spread of austerity in UK and Europe.
Margaret Thatcher Conservative Party HQ 2013Enlarge
A portrait of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher hangs on the wall at the Conservative Party headquarters in Finchley in north London on April 10, 2013. British lawmakers interrupted their holidays for a special session of parliament on April 10 to pay tribute to Margaret Thatcher, who died on April 8 at the age of 87 after suffering a stroke. (Andrew Cowie/AFP/Getty Images)
The reason Margaret Thatcher’s death continues to divide opinions and arouse strong emotional reactions has to do more with the controversial legacy of her policies in the current economic environment, than with her personal history and individual qualities.

Margaret Thatcher given full ceremonial funeral

Prime Minister David Cameron called the proceedings "a fitting tribute to a great prime minister."

Margaret Thatcher given full ceremonial funeral

Prime Minister David Cameron called the proceedings a "fitting tribute to a great prime minister respected around the world."

Maggie Thatcher: the rock ‘n’ roll years

BRUSSELS — Margaret Thatcher's Britain could be an unforgiving place for a teenager. There was fighting in the streets, rampant unemployment and money was too tight to mention. Although life may have looked grim, however, at least it had a blistering soundtrack. From the incendiary rock of The Clash to The Smiths' melodic gloom, the dance-floor politics of the 2 Tone bands and the simmering outrage of Elvis Costello, the Thatcher era fired up a golden generation of angry young musicians.

Rancorous Thatcher debate continues in parliament and the streets

As divisive in death as she was during her long political career, the former prime minister's funeral is scheduled for next Wednesday.

Guts and determination made Margaret Thatcher remarkable

Commentary: With her, what you saw was what you got. Thatcher was God's gift to journalists.
Margaret thatcher newspapers 2013 04 09Enlarge
Newspapers with front-page coverage on the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on news stands in London on April 9. (Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON — When I first arrived in London, I spent the first few weeks trying to explain to my American audience how remarkable it was that a woman had become the prime minister of a highly traditional, hidebound country. Of course, what was really remarkable about her was not her gender but her guts and determination. How many politicians these days tell you what they are really thinking?

Faux-pas of the Day: Thatcher Gaffes

In the wake of Margaret Thatcher's death, we're reminded that it is better to get the story right than to get it first.
We love meryl streepEnlarge
A fan holds a poster reading 'We love Meryl Streep' over a poster promoting the European premiere of the film 'The Iron Lady' at BFI Southbank in London on January 4, 2012. (LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Top three Thatcher gaffes: In the wake of Margaret Thatcher's death, we are reminded that it is better to get the story right than to get it first.

For Margaret Thatcher, few tears shed in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG — When much of the world enforced sanctions on apartheid South Africa in the 1980s, Thatcher refused, instead pursuing a policy of “constructive engagement” with the country’s white minority government. Now, after her death at 87, the three-term British prime minister’s legacy is as polarizing in South Africa as it is in Britain.

Thatcher’s death prompts sharply divided opinion over her legacy

LONDON — Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s first female prime minister and one of the 20th century’s most prominent political figures, died of a stroke in London on Wednesday. Her death prompted tributes from around the world for the first elected female leader of a major Western country, and reignited debate over the contentious legacy of her unflinchingly conservative policies.
Syndicate content