Comment: The day Maggie died
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The first announcement of Thatcher's death came for me in the office by a colleague: “Thatcher’s dead” he said. My reply: “What do you mean, they're not making Thatchers anymore?” (For those not familiar with the West Country, Thatchers is a brand of cider which recently announced it'd be stopping production of its two litre bottles. I was horrified of course.) The majority of people reading this article I imagine were not born in Thatcher's Britain or are too young to remember the iron (or some would say stubborn) lady's Tory government. You'll hear about how the poll tax tore family income apart, how the mining trade in Wales was diminished and see videos of anarchy in the UK as punks, miners and parents came together to oust the iron out of office. Yet does it go much further than that? I can only speak for myself but I do not remember a history of Thatcher page in the school history books. I have not even watched the Meryl Streep film yet; maybe I should. Like many of us my childhood was spent in Blair's Britain where after what looked like such a torrid time came new hope, Oasis and lads mags. We we're all having such a great time singing “things will only get better” in 1997. We knew very little of the great depression before us.
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