A women at war, and Argentina and the peace movement surrenders. Mrs. Thatcher visiting British troops in Falkland Islands, January 1983. Kilde: https://rarehistoricalphotos.com/margaret-thatcher-falkland-islands-1983/
A women at war, and Argentina and the peace movement surrenders. Mrs. Thatcher visiting British troops in Falkland Islands, January 1983. Kilde: https://rarehistoricalphotos.com/margaret-thatcher-falkland-islands-1983/

Uvenlige nekrologer over Margaret Thatcher. Only unfriendly obituaries.


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Leder af det britiske konservative parti og Englands premierminister 1979-1990. Som klassekriger og tæt allieret til USAs præsident Reagan var hun offensiv i kampen mod de engelske fagforeninger, bedst huskes minearbejdernes kamp, mod irsk uafhængighedskamp, mod fredsbevægelsen, for privatiseringer, monetarisme og aktiv imperialistisk krig over Maldiverne.

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The Iron Lady is melting !!

På dansk:

Anarkister vil spille bold med Thatchers hoved. Af Rune Eltard-Sørensen (Modkraft.dk, 12. april 2013). Med links til diverse venstreradikale arrangementer i UK – og mediernes omtale af dem.

Reaktioner på Margaret Thatchers død. Af Alfred Lang (Modkraft.dk, 11. april 2013). Med citater, vidoer (incl. Tariq Ali på Democracy Now) m.m.

Thatchers død udløser spontane gadefester. Af Rune Eltard-Sørensen (Modkraft.dk, 9. april 2013). “Nyheden om den tidligere konservative premierminister Margaret Thatchers død fik mandag flere hundrede mennesker til at feste i gaderne i Storbritannien.”

Smoke Maggie out. Photo from the steel strike in 1980. Source: https://steelvoices.wordpress.com/2015/01/02/the-1980-steel-strike-thirty-five-years-on/
Smoke Maggie out. Photo from the steel strike in 1980. Source: https://steelvoices.wordpress.com/2015/01/02/the-1980-steel-strike-thirty-five-years-on/

In English:

Thatcherism: a timeline (Counterfire, 8 April 2013). “As the Tories prepare to celebrate the life of much-hated former PM Margaret Thatcher, this extract from John Rees’ Timelines looks at the real history of Thatcherism.”

Why do people hate Thatcher? (site). With short statements and links.

The resistible march of Thatcher. By Charlie Kimber (Socialist Review, May 2013). “The death of Margaret Thatcher was greeted by celebrations across the country, while the ruling class went into a frenzy as they attempted to defend her legacy. Here Charlie Kimber looks at that legacy.

Margaret Thatcher: Bourgeois miscalculations and working class hatred. By Ben Peck (In Defence of Marxism, 17 April 2013). “The attempt to whitewash history and paint Thatcher as a hero in the present economic and political climate shows how divorced from reality the ruling class really are.”

Thatcher – Feminist icon? By Maeve (New Left Project, 17 April 2013). “The Conservative Party makes the spurious claim that they are pioneers of women’s rights because they had the first female Prime Minister, which masks the reality of the situation: that their policies on work, childcare and benefits are ruining the majority of women’s chances at getting on in life. So yes, Thatcher was a successful woman, but no, she was not successful for women.” 

The Lady’s not for mourning: Margaret Thatcher and the neoliberal counter-revolution. By Neil Faulkner (CounterFire, 16 April 20013) “The essence of Thatcherism can be captured in two contrasting events. The Battle of Orgreave was the turning-point in the 1984-85 miners’ strike … The City of London’s Big Bang on 27 October 1986 was no less significant … Now is a time to reflect. Let us consider this two mould-breaking events in more detail. As they bury their beast, let us review some lessons …”

Was Thatcher a ‘Champinion of freedom and democray’? Don’t. be. silly. By Mehd Hasan (Huffingtonpost.co.uk, Blog, 9 April 2013). “… a champion of despotism and dictatorship, not of freedom or liberty. The historical record is so clear and indisputable that to believe otherwise is wilful blindness.” 

Margaret Thatcher: feminist icon? By Helen Lewis (New Statesman, 8 April 2013). “‘I hate feminism. It is poison’, she reportedly told her adviser Paul Johnson.”

Thatcherism: a timeline (Counterfire, 8 April 2013). “As the Tories prepare to celebrate the life of much-hated former PM Margaret Thatcher, this extract from John Rees’ Timelines looks at the real history of Thatcherism.”

Good riddance at last (SocialistWorker.org, April 11, 2013). “Phil Gasper explains why the death of Margaret Thatcher was greeted with celebration.”

An obituary from below By Richard Seymour (Jacobin: A Magazine of Culture and Polemic, April 11, 2013). “Thatcher’s great achievements were also what made her so vile. Her many talents were harnessed to horrible ends.”

Thatcher: Obituary. By Peter Manson (Weekly Worker, Issue 957, April 11, 2013). “The politics of revenge are understandable, but futile. It is not individual representatives of capitalism that need ‘getting’: it is capitalism itself.”

The Meaning of Margaret Thatcher. By John Molyneux (Blog, April 9, 2013). “It was her ‘achievement’ to contribute significantly to shifting British and international politics to the right and to pioneering the neo-liberal consensus from which the poor, the disadvantaged and the ordinary people of the world have suffered so much and continue to suffer …”

Thatcher’s legacy. By Julie Hyland and Chris Marsden (World Socialist Web Site, 9 April 2013). “Most working people will have greeted the announcement of her demise with cold indifference, contempt, and, in some cases, celebration.”

Margaret Thatcher is dead (Another Angry Voice; April 9, 2013). “The economic and social destruction she inflicted can never be fully repaired. Too many industries destroyed, too many taxes dodged, too many communities divided and too many generations brought up on the right-wing mantra of “greed good; social conscience bad”.

Thatcher: there was no alternative (Michael Roberts Blog, April 9, 2013). “Thatcher did her job of destroying millions of Britons’ jobs, incomes and lives with enthusiasm, dedication and arrogance. But in the interests of capitalism, there was no alternative (TINA).”

Margaret Thatcher: a brutal ruling-class warrior is dead. By Alex Callinicos (Socialist Worker, 8 April 2013). “… murder was Thatcher’s business. Sometimes the murder was metaphorical – of industries and communities. It still destroyed people’s lives. Sometimes the murder wae real … Thatcher gloried in war.”

We need to end the legacy of Thatcherism. By Alex Snowdon (Counterfire, 8 April 2013. “Margaret Thatcher is dead. Her policies as prime minister ruined the lives of millions of people. Now her political heirs are trying to extend the damage she did in ways she only dreamed of.”

The death of a class warrior – Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013). By Tom Mills (New Left Project, 8 April 2013). “Neoliberalism was, and is, a political project requiring political agency to achieve its hegemony; and in Britain it was Margaret Thatcher more than anyone who was responsible for transforming the neoliberal dreams of men like Hayek and Friedman into a waking political nightmare.”

Thatcher dead: we remember her crimes against our class. By Rob Sewell (In Defence of Marxism, 8 April 2013). “While Prime Minister between 1979 and 1990, she epitomised capitalism in the raw. She set about attempting to destroy the power of the trade unions and plunder the state through privatisation, all in a vain attempt to restore the position of British capitalism.”

Margaret Thatcher and misapplied death etiquette. By Glenn Greenwald (The Guardian, 8 April 2013). “The dictate that one ‘not speak ill of the dead’ is (at best) appropriate for private individuals, not influential public figures.”

 

Videos:

Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013): Tariq Ali on Late British PM’s Legacy From Austerity to Apartheid (5:01 min.)

Glenda Jackson launches tirade against Thatcher in tribute debate (YouTube, 8:04 min.)

 

Elvis Costello: Tramp the Dirt Down (YouTube; 5:1 min.). Lyrics:When England was the whore of the world/ Margaret was her madam/…”

 

The Exploited – Maggie you cunt (Youtube, 2:35 min.)

Mining village ‘celebrates’ Margaret Thatcher’s funeral. (YouTube, 2:13)

 

Other comments:

so many will want to dance on her grave they will have to bury her in Ibiza.

 

The death of Margaret Thatcher was a ‘great day’ for coal miners…It looks like one of the best birthdays I have ever had.

David Hopper, general secretary of the Durham Miners’ Association

 

For 3 million you could give everyone in Scotland a shovel, and we could dig a hole so deep we could hand her over to Satan in person.

Frankie Boyle on Margaret Thatcher. (Thatchers funeral, on YouTube)

 

 

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