Not all reactions to Baroness Thatcher’s death have been positive. Her economic and industrial policies of the 80s left deep scars that still exist today.
But there was also a steady stream of flowers and tributes at the doorstep of Thatcher’s house in London.
Student Ned Donovan is 19 and a big Thatcher fan. “I never had the chance to meet Lady Thatcher, but although I wasn’t old enough to remember her premiership – or was even born – I felt this was my way of remembering her, and thanking her for the way she kept Britain and (for) the way it is today. (She) ensured that we still are a great nation that we can be proud of.”
Her impact was international. A visitor from New Jersey in the United States who gave his name simply as Mike said: “We love her over there. We always thought of her as equal to Ronald Reagan, that great a politician. We love her over there and we are all going to miss her. I used to see her come out (of her house: ed) a couple of years back. She’s been in hospital a long time now but I used to come out and wave to her as we were walking the dog. A very lovely woman.”
The small patch of pavement in front of the house gives the British a chance to have their say.
- “I don’t think there will be a woman prime minister in my lifetime.” – as Education Secretary in 1973, six years before becoming Britain’s first, and so far only, woman prime minister
- “Where there is discord, may we bring harmony. Where there is error, may we bring truth. Where there is doubt, may we bring faith. And where there is despair, may we bring hope.” – Quoting St Francis of Assisi after her 1979 election victory
- “I am not a consensus politician. I’m a conviction politician.” – 1979
- “I don’t mind how much my ministers talk, as long as they do what I say.” – 1980
- “We had to fight the enemy without in the Falklands. We always have to be aware of the enemy within, which is much more difficult to fight and more dangerous to liberty.” – On the 1984-85 miners’ strike which provoked some of the fiercest union opposition to her economic policies
- “We are not asking for a penny piece of community money for Britain. What we are asking is for a very large amount of our own money back, over and above what we contribute to the community, which is covered by our receipts from the community.”- At a European Economic Community summit 1979
- “To those waiting with bated breath for that favourite media catchphrase, the U-turn, I have only one thing to say: You turn if you want to. The lady’s not for turning.” – 1980 Conservative Party conference, to colleagues urging her to soften her economic policies that were blamed for high unemployment
- “This is a day I was not meant to see.” – To reporters the day after surviving a deadly 1984 Irish Republican Army bomb attack on the Conservative Party conference
- “We have become a grandmother.” – On the birth of her first grandchild, 1989
- “No! No! No!” At the House of Commons in 1990, the climax of an anti-European outburst that moved Geoffrey Howe to quit as deputy prime minister and deliver a resignation speech which called for her to be challenged for her job
- “I fight on, I fight to win.” – In November 1990, after failing to win enough votes to avoid a second round in the Conservative leadership contest. She resigned the next day
- “It’s a funny old world” – On her decision to quit in 1990
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