I was immensely sad to hear that Margaret Thatcher passed away today; I have always admired and held ‘The Iron Lady’ in the highest regard.
Growing up, I remember being acutely aware of three very formidable female role models. My Mum, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Lady Thatcher.
Indeed, my Mum would often say that the Queen and Mrs Thatcher were two magnificent examples of how a “Woman could do anything a man could do”. Except perhaps, play football and go to the bathroom standing up?
Controversial, but that’s probably why I think “Grow some balls love!” if I ever see a woman wearing a Burka in the UK.
I remembered learning in school about how LadyThatcher would often make incredibly hard choices amongst ‘The Old Boy Network’ during her time as Prime Minister; fiercly standing by a decision with a sense of great conviction and accountability. I identified with these qualities a great deal, ‘prepare to live and die by your opinions’.
I remember the hard times during the recession of the 1980’s, I currently live in a similar time where we are still affected by some of the decisions that she made as Prime Minister (hard not to, given how much time she was in power!). Yet, I personally do not think we will see her like in British Politics again, I myself use her example to evaluate the current candidates when I vote.
She was a Patriot, a leader and an amazing politician; perhaps that is why modern day Prime Ministers are so revilled? Blair for his lies, Brown for his indecisiveness, Cameron for his sneakiness and tendency to sit on the fence?
I loved how she was prepared to be the most hated woman in the country for making a hard decision. What a magnificent human being?
Rest in Peace.