The greatest UK politician since Winston Churchill died today.
I write this after an announcement is made in the media, the death of Margaret Thatcher. This lady lived in my town of Colchester back in 1949, one of several women from my town who make a great role model for what women can do if they put their minds to it.
It is likely most people have heard about Margaret Thatcher, most politicians are forgettable, this one won’t be. The world media will be full of stories about Thatcher, she will have a funeral in the UK with military honours. She as some say was the greatest politician since Winston Churchill. Nicknamed the Iron Lady, she destroyed the dictatorship ruling Argentina in the Falklands War, she saw the end of Communism, and contributed to a bloody political fight that ushered in a golden era of prosperity for Britain from a dark decade of discontent.
Thatcher was a person you loved or you hated, as a historian I loved her. I loved her strength, the sort of iron that stewards who run nations these days lack. Nations are built on people such as Thatcher, and I am saddened to see the lack of her quality metal anywhere on this globe
In Britain there will be respect and hatred for Thatcher. Hubris blinds, in her actions many people suffered in her reign, and in hubris pride before the fall, she fell hard in the aftermath of unfair taxes and fighting over integration with Europe. Hubris destroys, but death takes all. However great you are, how good you are, how powerful or rich, death will cut you down in the same manner as it does to the lowest beggar.
The Iron Lady is now gone, her legacy lives on. What will your legacy be?