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Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013): Tariq Ali on Late British PM’s Legacy From Austerity to Apartheid

Amy Goodman
Democracy Now! / Video Interview
Published: Monday 8 April 2013
Known as the “Iron Lady,” Margaret Thatcher became synonymous with austerity economics as a close ally of President Ronald Reagan.

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has died at the age of 87. Thatcher was Britain's first female prime minister, serving three terms in office. Known as the "Iron Lady," Thatcher became synonymous with austerity economics as a close ally of President Ronald Reagan. She famously declared to critics of neoliberal capitalism that, "there is no alternative." Her long-running battle with striking British miners dealt a major blow to the union movement in Britain and ushered in a wave of privatizations. On foreign policy, Thatcher presided over the Falklands War with Argentina, provided critical support to the Chilean Dictator Augusto Pinochet, and famously labeled Nelson Mandela a "terrorist" while backing South Africa's apartheid regime. We go to London to discuss Thatcher's legacy with Tariq Ali, British-Pakistani political commentator, writer, activist and editor of the New Left Review.


Tariq Ali, A British-Pakistani political commentator, historian, activist, filmmaker, novelist and editor of the New Left Review.

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ABOUT Amy Goodman

Amy Goodman is the host of "Democracy Now!," a daily international TV/radio news hour airing on more than 900 stations in North America. She is the author of "Breaking the Sound Barrier," recently released in paperback and now a New York Times best-seller.

Good, another evil one dead.

Good, another evil one dead. More friends for the devil.

Now comes the usual praise

Now comes the usual praise for the old termagant: what the Brits call Polishing a Turd.

If you listen to the news

If you listen to the news here in Britain, they're all kissing her ass posthumously.
Of course , we all know who owns the mainstream media so that's no surprise.
I'm glad to see some comments here that show what she really was. Personally, I let out a big hooray when I heard she was gone. But the damage she's done still lingers on here and we all suffer because of it.
In the words of Dylan: ...and I'll dance on your grave til I'm sure you are dead! (Masters of War)

My first though upon hearing

My first though upon hearing of her demise was the same I had about Nixon and Reagan...

I wanted to be sure that they drove a stake through their hearts to make sure they were dead, dead, dead! You know how hard it is to kill a vampire.

The only good thing to say

The only good thing to say about old iron pants is that she did break new ground in merry old England. She was a misguided, nasty piece of crap that was always on the wrong side of social issues.

Margaret Thatcher was a

Margaret Thatcher was a criminal working for the rich. And as for there is no alternative, capitalism is completely failing and we need to prepare for a smaller and much more just economy. good riddance to an evil woman.

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