There is some utter tosh being written about the death of one woman. I can not believe it.
I have bored readers on roughseas enough, so I will make Thatcher, Part 3 a Clouds post.
And, what is interesting, is the way people can happily blur history to make their point.
This has always happened. But, people seem to be so thick these days, that they believe everything they read. Not that they read very much. I get more sense having a political discussion with my 80+-year-old Spanish neighbours than I read on half the internet.
Rather like the crazy music downloads. Either celebrating her death or commemorating her lifetime. What in the world will that achieve? Hardly going to bring back coal mines, British steel, shipbuilding, or restore public sector works and council housing.
I read one blog that said, Britons are split about Thatcher. Love her or hate her. Um. I’m ambivalent. Just like I am about the monarchy. So no. That is not true.
She lost power more than 20 years ago. Fin. The end. No more to say about her. And yet people are still carping on about what she did. Or rather, what the Conservative government at the time did.
Because despite the idea that she ran the country on her own, she did have a few MPs, and a cabinet, even if she was allegedly, a despot.
One blog said that she had slurred Nelson Mandela by calling him a terrorist. I could have missed something but he did lead a campaign against the government that involved bombing and was convicted of sabotage and conspiracy to overthrow the government.
That’s not to defend apartheid. Or racism. But rather to say, that technically, calling Mandela a terrorist is no worse than calling Yitzhak Shamir a terrorist.
Both became leaders of their country. Both were previously imprisoned by the state for planning to kill people, and leading campaigns of terror. A la Michael Collins. (Ireland) Unlike Collins, Mandela and Shamir have managed to live into their nineties. Recipe for old age? A little state rebellion.
I remember when Mandela was freed. I was on a bus in France going to our hotel in Vercors for a cross country skiing holiday and a couple opposite us burst into song ‘Free Nelson Mandela’.
But the point is, Thatcher wasn’t inaccurate to describe Mandela as a terrorist.
The other one, that is doing the rounds is the Belgrano issue.
For the benefit of the dull ones out there, and there are clearly millions, let’s do this easily.
1) The Belgrano was sailing away from the Falklands
2) The Belgrano was doing this as a ruse and planned to turn around and sail back to the Falklands
3) Britain was at war
Even the Argentinians admitted the Belgrano was going to sail back. What would you do if you were at war? Wait like sitting ducks for the ship to shoot you?
And that’s a war crime? I think the only war crime is Argentina invading the Falklands who want stuff all to do with Argentina and have put that on record this year with a 99 point whatever percent vote in favour of remaining British.
There are no fair play rules in war, either you want to win, or you sit around and wait for people to kill you.
But if we want to accuse former PMs of war crimes, where was Blair and Bush’s justification for a little invasive warfare under the guise of weapons of mass destruction? That to me, is a far more serious matter than defending territories of the sovereign realm.
I have read articles about Thatcher might have been involved in this, she might have been involved in that, dodgy finance deals. Well, prove it, instead of slagging her off when she is dead and can’t answer back. Because, as we all know (or you do now because I am telling you) you can’t libel the dead.
As far as I am concerned, she wanted to destroy the traditional working class socialist vote, and she succeeded in that. Although the union disputes/victories were part of her success, the right to buy council housing probably pipped it.
Thatcher’s government doesn’t need that much analysis. That is the essence of it. The rest of it is just bells and whistles.
But, while I didn’t agree with her policies, I just do not understand the crass and basically ill-informed vitriol that is being directed against a dead woman. Sexism I claim. Because after all, did any male prime ministers or presidents or leaders of state ever get anything wrong?
How about those bastards who have changed my pension age? And endlessly fuck about with private pensions?
The banking crisis? The so-called austerity measures?
And that’s all Thatcher’s fault?
As for the funeral. Should have been a private one. Rather like Alan Clark’s. Over and done with before anyone knew about it.