|Margaret Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, (1925 - 2013)|
Margaret Thatcher, 1988
Margaret Thatcher, the last member of the trio Reagan, John Paul II and Thatcher, who destroyed Soviet Communism and its Evil Empire, died today.
This quote from the cover of Thatcher's speechwriter John O'Sullivan's book "The President, the Pope, and the the Prime Minister", says it all:
"Not only did Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, and Karol Wojtyla (the future John Paul II) rise to the top, but all three of them also survived assassination attempts, collaborated in the miraculous peaceful liberation of Eastern Europe from Soviet Communism, and reinvigorated their respective countries and the West. They were beacons of optimism cutting through the malaise and despair that afflicted 1970s America, strike-ridden post-imperial Britain, and a Catholic Church rocked by social and sexual revolutions."
Thatcher was forced to leave office as a result of a political coup in her own party. Those politicians who contributed to her downfall should be ashamed of what they did.
The fact of the matter is that Thatcher was right about all the important issues she had to deal with, particularly the question of Britain's relationship with Europe.
Even David Cameron, who used to take pride in distancing himself from Margaret Thatcher and her policies, has now finally realized that Britain needs the kind of new, looser relationship to Europe that Thatcher espoused.