Thursday, July 17, 2008

A Belated "No State Funeral for Thatcher"

I'm more than a little late to the State funeral for Thatcher party, but I'm in complete agreement with Sunny on LibCon. Thatcher should not be given a state funeral. The criteria for state funerals are vague, but they generally seem to be reserved for leaders who save the nation from the jaws of annialation and in less enlightened times for leaders who gave johnny foreigner a damn good thrashing. Thatcher did none of these things.

Her record in power is questionable at best with no shortage of bad things to her name. Cuts to public services and benefits, the abuse of police power during the miners strike, the destruction of british manufacturing and of course, the poll tax.

Worse still is her economic record, which is built on a gigantic myth. Conservatives will say she swept away unproductive manufacturing and enforced seriously needed market discipline on british industry. The truth is that she left us with an economy that has been floating on a bubble of debt for the last 26 years (more on this in my next post).

Giving Thatcher a state funeral will reinforce the myth of Thatcher as a great statesperson, something she most surely doesn't deserve.

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