Gone but not forgotten: Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher passes away at 87

Posted by: ST on April 8, 2013 at 9:56 am

Sad news this morning from Britain:

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, an outspoken woman known to many as “The Iron Lady,” has died at 87 after suffering a stroke.

“It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning,” Thatcher spokesperson Lord Bell said in a statement.

Thatcher led Britain’s Conservatives to three election victories from 1979 to 1990, the longest continuous period in office by a British prime minister since the early 19th century. Alongside former U.S. President Ronald Reagan, Thatcher battled against communism and saw the Berlin Wall get torn down in 1989.

On Monday, British Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his trip to several European countries after the announcement of Thatcher’s death.

“We have lost a great leader, a great prime minister and a great Briton,” Cameron said in a statement.

Buckingham Palace said Queen Elizabeth II was sad to hear the news of Thatcher’s passing, adding that she would be sending a private message of sympathy to the family today.

Downing Street said the Queen has authorized a ceremonial funeral — a step short of a state funeral — to be held at St. Paul’s Cathedral.

It said the funeral will be attended by a “wide and diverse range of people,” and the service will be followed by a private cremation. But it did not provide further details on the timing of the service, saying only that the arrangement are “in line with the wishes” of Thatcher’s family.

During 11 bruising years as prime minister, Thatcher transformed her country by a ruthless dedication to free markets and infuriated European allies. She transferred large chunks of the economy from the state hands to private ownership.

The former PM, alongside our great former President – the late Ronald Reagan – are among the most inspirational and fearless leaders of our time who, although gone, will always be studied, analyzed, fondly remembered, and highly respected. Their beliefs in individual freedom over centralized government were strong and formed a permanent bond between the two in what became a storied alliance and personal friendship, which stood the test of time.

Rest in peace, Baroness Thatcher, and may God bless your family and your country at this bittersweet time.

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  1. Great White Rat says:

    Britain’s greatest PM since Churchill.

    She and Reagan (and I’d add Pope John Paul II) brought down the menace of the USSR by their sheer determination and steadfast committment to liberty. And they did this at a time when the leftists were telling us to accept such tyranny. As Jimmy Carter put it, to get over our ‘inordinate fear of communism’.

    Rather that “go wobbly”, she and Reagan stood up to the challenge and did what was right. May we and Britain find leaders who can learn from their example and return our countries – and the world – to the paths of individual freedom.

    RIP, Margaret Thatcher.

  2. Tango says:

    Maggie Thatcher and RONALDUS MAXIMUS set the standard. We have no such statesmanship in the world today. And it shows.

  3. Lorica says:

    You do have to think that she is was the last of the great statesman left. There is no one left today that even come close, and certainly no one on the left…. Jimmy Carter Blah.

    Our hope is that her spirit will be found in some of the up and coming leaders of today. – Lorica

  4. Tex says:

    Britain’s finest prime minister since Winston Churchill. We need more leaders in the West with the backbone she had.

  5. Great White Rat says:

    Some of her best quotes….

    On economic freedom:

    There can be no liberty unless there is economic liberty.

    Pennies do not come from heaven. They have to be earned here on earth.

    On going along to get along (this is for you RINOs):

    To me, consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies. So it is something in which no one believes and to which no one objects.

    If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.

    Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.

    On leadership:

    Being prime minister is a lonely job… you cannot lead from the crowd.

    Note: nothing in there about “leading from behind”.

    On herself, and her character:

    You turn if you want to; the lady’s not for turning.

    I owe nothing to Women’s Lib.

    And finally, the closing lines of her eulogy at President Reagan’s funeral:

    “We here still move in twilight. But we have one beacon to guide us that Ronald Reagan never had.

    “We have his example. Let us give thanks today for a life that achieved so much for all of God’s children.”

    I think you can say the same of her life.