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    My perspective on Thatcher.

    I profoundly disagree with many of her policies (the monetarism experiment of 79-81, Community Charge, Section 28) while agreeing with others (the IRA, the Falklands, the Big Bang and Cruise).

    However, taking the long view, I do believe she'll be seen as a very significant historical figure, a person of fame (not in the celebrity sense of being well known, but fame in the sense of Caesar, Alexander of Macedon, etc). And I do believe her tenaciousness and determination will be admired.

    In particular, I think she fits into a fairly unique class of politicians that would include Alexander Hamilton, Andrew Jackson, Richard Nixon and John Howard.

    All came from humble beginnings and religious non-conformist backgrounds (Presbyterian, Quaker, Methodist, Huguenot), all were lawyers (many forget Thatcher was a practicing barrister for a period), all overcome considerable social handicaps to rise to the pinnacle of political power, and all were reviled in their lifetime by the patrician class and were hugely controversial.

    I would say Hamilton does stand out amongst that bunch, but there are very significant parrallels nonetheless and so I think it's fair to accord Thatcher her due as a historical figure.
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    agreed
 
 
 
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