Who Was Margaret Thatcher 1

obituary : Margaret Thatcher: The Iron Lady of the Empire

It was a terrible moment for her to leave office. She had always been more than just a power man. Also housewife, mother, wife. But when Margaret Thatcher arrived in a black limousine on November 28, 1990, the official residence of the British Prime Minister in London, this mythical address Downing Street No. 10, left and a photographer called after her, "Prime Minister!", Which she was no longer there, then she looked around, it was a reflex that eleven years had implanted in her in the government, and you could see how much strength this farewell cost them. The iron armor had melted. Tears flowed, blurring the mascara.

Margaret Thatcher was one of the political giants of the twentieth century, but images of defeat, parting and decay are remembered. It was now becoming apparent what the power that she had held for two and a half terms must have demanded from her.

Marked by dementia and the consequences of several strokes, she was rarely seen in public in recent years. Occasionally she appeared as a powdered old lady, unsteady on her feet. The death of her husband Denis Thatcher after 50 years of marriage seemed to isolate them further from the world. The film "Iron Lady" with Meryl Streep in the leading role tried to rediscover the person behind this frozen facade.

But to the extent that she, as a living person, was marked by transience and distance, her historical reputation grew. Not only did it make the British feel like they were basically a conservative country. It had also imposed its own pragmatism on the political opponent of the Labor Party in the person of Tony Blair. When the UK slipped into a severe debt crisis in 2008 after 13 Labor years due to the banking crisis, their basic convictions, especially their sense of the limits of the state, were discussed with renewed intensity.

The debate as to whether their reforms in the 1980s saved Britain from ruin, or rather destroyed the country's industrial base and with it social cohesion, is as sharp today as it was ten years ago. Except that Thatcher herself, the inventor of “Power Dressing”, who was the first British politician to have an image advisor and who never left anything to chance when it came to communication issues, had long since ceased to intervene. In 1990 she was overthrown by her own party in a coup. Like a school girl, she bit her lip to keep her composure. In this picture of the melting “Iron Lady” the myth of the assassination of Thatcher was laid out, which was to plunge the conservatives into years of disputes and complexes - and which gave her a frustrating shadowy existence.

Margaret Thatcher has now died at the age of 87 after another stroke.

She returned to No. Downing Street after all. 10. It's been a couple of years. Margaret Thatcher stood in front of the black lacquered door in a red dress, flowers in hand, her hair draped in neat waves as usual. She enjoyed the surprising appearance and waved to the reporters. Next to her then was Gordon Brown, grinning broadly, proud of the coup. He himself had only recently been promoted from Chancellor of the Exchequer to Prime Minister and, with his grumpy demeanor, was considered the type of welfare politician that Thatcher had made impossible. Now the Labor man took the higher orders from the heroine of the Conservative Party.

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