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Thatcherism. Lest we forget… April 8, 2013

Posted by WorldbyStorm in British Politics, Irish Politics, The Left, The Right.
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…here from a few weeks ago an unknowingly timely Left Archive that demonstrates some of the effects of Thatcherism and its intersection with the Irish left.

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1. EAMONN WALSH FORMER TD AND COUNCILLOR FOR LABOUR - April 8, 2013

I dont think that any one on the left of politics will grieve on the death of Margaret Thatcher. The effects of her extreme right wing politics are still felt very deeply in communities in the mining districts . The material posted some weeks ago show how people no matter what nation they are aligned to come together to support each other when they are brought to their knees by tyrants such as Thatcher. The people of Tallaght can be proud of their support for the women and children of Barnsley despite their own difficulties at that time.

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2. Alan Hill - April 9, 2013

Missed by no one who worked for a living. Although it was those faceless fascists behind her from whence she drew her support that are still ever present. R.I.P. Margaret. You will be forever remembered. Just not with any fondness.

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3. Tomboktu - April 9, 2013

Chris Dillow: “her vision of Britain was of a property-owning democracy of savers with moral restraint. She got indebted spendthrifts. She wanted the British people to be like her father, but they turned out more like her son.

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4. Eamonnn - April 9, 2013

As someone who grew up as a teenager in the north in the 1980’s I must admit that my political principles and ideological beliefs were greatly shaped by Thatcher. I opposed every single aspect of her policies in regard to working people believing that they were not only wrong but unjust and divisive.

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WorldbyStorm - April 9, 2013

I’m with you on that Eamonn. Just looking at the response to her death it’s amazing the push back against the official line on it.

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Eamonn - April 10, 2013

As I am now experiencing flashbacks in relation to what it was like to live in Thatcher’s Britain in the north, a memory comes to me of her playboy son Mark being lost on the Paris Dakar rally. Rumours at the time were he was in Saudi completing an arms deal. A few years later he was indeed proven to have benifited from arms dealing.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/mark-thatcher-accused-sources-say-he-got-12m-pounds-from-arms-deal-signed-by-his-mother-1441851.html
http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2004/aug/25/politicalnews.uk
I blame the parents.

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