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April 13, 2013

Thatcher, Liberator

"To put it bluntly: The Britain I grew up in was insane. The government owned almost all major manufacturing, from coal to steel to automobiles. Owned. It employed almost every doctor and owned almost every hospital. Almost every university and elementary and high school was government-run. And in the 1970s, you could not help but realize as a young Brit, that you were living in a decaying museum – some horrifying mixture of Eastern European grimness surrounded by the sculptured bric-a-brac of statues and buildings and edifices that spoke of an empire on which the sun had once never set. Now, in contrast, we lived on the dark side of the moon and it was made up of damp, slowly degrading concrete.

"I owe my entire political obsession to the one person in British politics who refused to accept this state of affairs."

Girl power: "Geri Halliwell today described herself as 'spineless' and 'weak' for deleting a tweet that paid tribute to Baroness Thatcher when she died."

I realised the best thing to do was to shut up and really get honest with myself. What I hated the most was that I took a tweet down. I had wavered and was full of self-doubt.

I so I asked myself over the last 3 days – why I did I do it? Why did I take that tweet down?

These are my conclusions…

I. I was so afraid of upsetting people, and not being liked for saying something that was not to everyone’s taste.

2. Also, I suddenly thought given the adverse reaction, did I even really know enough about Margaret Thatcher? Was I just trying to be relevant? She had obviously upset a lot of people.

3. But now I realise that I do admire a woman, whether she is right or wrong, regardless of her opinions. She had the courage to stand by her convictions. Not like me. I look at my behavior, which exposed how weak I was under fire, not like Margaret Thatcher. Rest in peace.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at April 13, 2013 06:48 AM