Margaret Thatcher Dead At 87 After Stroke

Britain’s first female Prime Minister Baroness Margaret Thatcher has died at the age of 87, her spokesperson has said.

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Margaret Thatcher, dead at 87, divided opinionquixotic54 / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND

Thatcher led her Conservative party to three election victories between 1979 and 1990. The ‘Iron Lady’ as she was called divided opinion, as she adopted hardline domestic and foreign policies.

Many will credit her economic policies for being the foundation of such things as free markets, lower taxation, deregulation and smaller government.

Her foreign policy, while enhancing Britain’s power on the global stage, won her no friends on the left who were not particularly happy with her stance on the Falkland Islands, her resistance to German reunification and her stand as a sympathiser of the apartheid regime of South Africa; Her reference to the ANC as terrorists was pretty choice.

So her death while a loss for a lot of her kin might draw very few tears from many who felt her wrath.

For what its worth, she made an indelible mark in history. How you view her will depend on what she did for or against you.