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Thatcher's Funeral: The public reaction


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Thatcher's Funeral: The public reaction

The funeral of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has come to an end. It was attended by some 2,300 guests, made up of dignitaries from all over the world. Outside, Thatcher’s supporters and opponents lined the streets, around 4,000 police officers were on duty in central London but no violence has been reported.

Margaret Thatcher, who ruled Britain from 1979 to 1990, died last week after suffering a stroke at the age of 87.

When she became Britain’s first and only female prime minister she inherited an economy in chaos. Her solution called for privatisation, budget cuts and limiting trade union influence.

For some, Thatcher was one of the country’s greatest peacetime prime ministers but for others her radical right-wing policies led to fierce rioting.

Current British Prime Minister David Cameron, called the funeral a “fitting tribute to a great prime minister”. However, many people do not agree and even in death Britain’s most divisive leader continues to split a nation.

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