And more of the same along those lines. Thatcher was a disgusting human being. She started a war in the Falklands to reverse her own political fortunes, put millions of British and Scottish citizens out of work with her misguided monetary & industrial policies, used the levers of Executive state power to coerce local elected officials whose local policies were inconvenient for her agenda, and her Ireland policy was a complete and utter failure for all stakeholders in the peace process.
While not every one of her reforms were unproductive, they simply do not measure up well against her less savory behavior. Thatcher was a cantankerous Sycophant who embodied the worst stereotypes and excesses of Machiavelli’s Prince. Her ability to play the part of a truculent bully in public contributed to the myth that her policies were instrumental in helping to end the Cold War— which remains an insufferable canard that continues to pollute contemporary political discourse. And the irony of her constantly being wrapped up with Churchill’s legacy is laid bare when one considers the fact that the crown jewel of Britain’s welfare state—the NHS—was created at the behest of Churchill after WW2.
Thatcher was not good for Britain, or the world. Even if one believes that her ends (reducing the size of government) were desirable, her means were so clumsy and ham-fisted that she caused an unbelievable amount of unnecessary suffering, at home and abroad. This is made even more intolerable by the fact that she was unafraid to bolster and mobilize the same public sector resources she abhorred so much when it was in her interest to do so.
"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of the civilisation of any country. A calm dispassionate recognition of the rights of the accused, and even of the convicted criminal, against the State— a constant heart-searching by all charged with the duty of punishment— a desire and eagerness to rehabilitate in the world of industry those who have paid their due in the hard coinage of punishment: tireless efforts towards discovery of curative and regenerative processes: unfailing faith that there is a treasure, if you can only find it, in the heart of every man. These are the symbols, which in the treatment of crime and criminal, mark and measure the stored-up strength of a nation, and are sign and proof of the living virtue in it."