Queen Mother’s funeral
Former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher will receive military honour for her funeral and this has caused great concern amongst some, especially (apparently) from Buckingham Palace.
That there seems to be huffing and puffing about an extraordinary Brit receiving military honours usually reserved for Royalty is astonishing. Margaret Thatcher did far more for her country than the Queen Mother and Princess Diana and in my opinion she absolutely deserves a high profile funeral. To the last she has shown what it means to be in a meritocracy, she worked hard all her life regardless of her politics. She was voted into power and did not gain it as a birth right or through marriage.
No one is perfect and politics is certainly not a job for the faint hearted. Yes, the Falklands War shouldn’t have happened and it was Thatcher’s vanity project, almost every world leader seems to have commissioned their own private war to prove a selfish point.
There is an article in the Guardian today arguing that Thatcher never liked Britain and she never understood what made Britain great whilst projecting their own narrowly focused idea of what it means to be British. She fixed a broken and almost bankrupt Britain, so what if she ended free milk in schools? There is no such thing as ‘free’ someone somewhere is paying for it and the nation couldn’t afford it.
My only hope from our polarised debating on Margaret Thatcher’s life and death is that she has managed to get the public interested in politics once more and to contemplate the past and the future. Margaret Thatcher claimed that her greatest achievement was Tony Blair (shudder), I truly hope that a new female British prime minister is out there in the making.