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    I personally don't see why this is a bad thing. Love her or hate her she did do a lot of good for the country, and the tax payers money isn't being used (The Margaret Thatcher Library, whose backers aim to raise £15 million in private funds to endow it for generations to come,).

    The only reason one would hate the idea of this is if one was a left winger who cries about anything and everything Thatcher did. Despite not being around in the Thatcher era, may I add.
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    (Original post by Fullofsurprises)
    Partly I'm anxious about it because it is bound to start seeking public funds of various kinds before long - the Tory agenda for their sort of 'approved' voluntarism and state funding for charities - plus the support of all those Tory ministers - means it is almost certain to secure some kind of public funding. Secondly, it's worrying because of the role it will play in forming and perpetuating myths about the Thatcher government. Everything we are seeing this week is part of a myth-manufacturing plan, designed to make people feel There is No Alternative to the absolute rule of the Free Market and the Austerity Programme.
    I used to think you just had a slight whimsical nature, but it turns out you are actually hysterical. People can do what they want with private funds.
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    I used to think you just had a slight whimsical nature, but it turns out you are actually hysterical. People can do what they want with private funds.

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    (Original post by MatureStudent36)
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    I'm a Classical liberal, I hear you say..well, I think you have me confused for another poster :P
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    (Original post by Blutooth)
    I'm a Classical liberal, I hear you say..well, I think you have me confused for another poster :P

    It was classic nature of the put down to full of surprises that I was talking about. Classic in that sense.
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    (Original post by Blutooth)
    I used to think you just had a slight whimsical nature, but it turns out you are actually hysterical. People can do what they want with private funds.
    But they are private funds injected into the public space - the private/public divide is increasingly blurred anyway, as I said, this centre will soon be applying for various types of government grant and will receive them under this government. Anyway, these private funds as you call them come from people like the Heritage Foundation, who rely heavily on big corporations thriving on government contracts, so they aren't exactly acts of private philanthropy in the first place.
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    (Original post by Fullofsurprises)
    But they are private funds injected into the public space - the private/public divide is increasingly blurred anyway, as I said, this centre will soon be applying for various types of government grant and will receive them under this government. Anyway, these private funds as you call them come from people like the Heritage Foundation, who rely heavily on big corporations thriving on government contracts, so they aren't exactly acts of private philanthropy in the first place.
    Your grasping at straws aren't you?

    If you're so bothered, set up a socialist based big corporation that thrives on government contracts and give the money to the socialist worker to promote their cause. Oh that's right, you'd be out of business.

    A quarter of a million people turned out for her funeral. When we get that kind of numbers turning out for Scargills funral, then get back to me and we'll debate. Otherwise, can you keep your antiquated views on British Industry from a time you weren't even around in to yourself as there's so many flaws in it it's like a tea bag.
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    Your grasping at straws aren't you?

    If you're so bothered, set up a socialist based big corporation that thrives on government contracts and give the money to the socialist worker to promote their cause. Oh that's right, you'd be out of business.

    A quarter of a million people turned out for her funeral. When we get that kind of numbers turning out for Scargills funral, then get back to me and we'll debate. Otherwise, can you keep your antiquated views on British Industry from a time you weren't even around in to yourself as there's so many flaws in it it's like a tea bag.
    Given the scale of the propaganda onslaught that has been launched by the authorities for this spectacular, it's extraordinary that only that many people turned out for it. Perhaps large numbers of people were still able to see through the North Korean-style hype.
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    (Original post by Fullofsurprises)
    Given the scale of the propaganda onslaught that has been launched by the authorities for this spectacular, it's extraordinary that only that many people turned out for it. Perhaps large numbers of people were still able to see through the North Korean-style hype.
    You seem to be a bit of a champagne-socialist. Private-school and Oxbridge (PPE) educated- yet you seem all too keen to resent someone who has stood so firmly for the establishments that have made you, you. Free enterprise and education. Yet, I'm sure you would not castigate and decry the virtues of both institutions- both Oxbridge and private schools.

    Your qualms are misdirected, and if you truly believe that this public library is being funded by tax-payers however indirectly, you are fooling only yourself. In truth, you see the library as a monument to Thatcher and the Conservatives and dislike it accordingly. Yet the argument remains: if private individuals seek to honour someone with their money they are free to do so in whatever way they see fit- whether it be with this public library or, as Mohammed Al-Fayed saw fit , by erecting a monument to Michael Jackson in his football club. Was it Fulham? They are free to do with their investments/ properties as they wish so long as it does not obviously harm the public (which I can't see a historical museum doing- people are free to think for themselves and visit the libraries they choose).

    People are not so foolish, and you seem to be discrediting the public by assuming that they cannot judge for themselves how good a leader Thatcher was from past records. This is the only credible reason I can see for you being so against a library, which will allow people to explore the past in whatever light the proprietors choose to portray it in.
 
 
 
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