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Margaret thatcher

To clarify…

… Something about my post yesterday about ex PM Thatcher’s death…

I admired her as a leader of conviction, as a woman who was a trailblazer for female politicians everywhere, and as a savvy politician.

I would say the first and last points about some other conservative pols, as well… like Reagan…

BUT, this does not mean that I agreed with all of her or their convictions or their policies. I am of the opinion that all leaders and political parties of all stripes cannot be wrong all of the time. I will occasionally agree with certain policies regardless of the differences in our political leanings.

Most conservatives don’t see things this way. It is black or white. They seldom find anything positive in someone on the left or centre-left.

Notwithstanding her positive attributes, Thatcher’s legacy has to include the brutality that was used in reforming the UK’s welfare state, and her abhorrent stand on apartheid; a stand that Canadian conservatives of a certain age will remember as a huge thorn in the relationship between she and Brian Mulroney.

So take my praise within the context and limitations above.

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Margaret Thatcher was a leader…

… if nothing else.

And she helped to pave the way for other women who wanted to pursue politics as a vocation.

She will be remembered fondly by her allies and not so much by her enemies. But she will always be remembered by history and by the British people.

Thanks, Mrs. Thatcher.

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