Though I don't class myself as a socialist, I am a child of socialism and of trade unionists. I despise Thatcher for what she did to this country, to the working classes and for what she did to me personally. My family lived in poverty because of her policies as I grew up. Her government's interest rate hikes meant my parents' first mortgage rose to 17%. My mother lived on two pieces of bread and a smear of Marmite a day, and me and my (then only) sister survived on offal scrounged cheaply from the local butcher. (Be god we wuh poowah etc. etc.). There were also policies that at my age at the time didn't affect me, but ultimately would have had they not been altered by subsequent governments, eg Section 28. She also grew our reputation, made the UK a world power once again, opened trade routes and much more. But the point of this post is not to debate her pros and cons. The point of this post is that no-one deserves the reaction to her death that she got this week.
There have been parties, celebrations and an awful lot of hate-filled bile aimed at her via social networking sites. Even my own mother sent a text saying "ding dong the witch is dead", not just to me but to a Tory friend of mine who was genuinely sad about Thatcher's passing. It was unnecessary. When people joked about how they would have a 'party on her grave' before she died, most people wrote it off as just that; a joke. But however you felt about the woman's time as Prime Minister, she is still a human being. She is still someone's mother. And she was also just a politician. She wasn't a dictator, she didn't participate in mass genocide, and she certainly didn't invade Poland. She made critical decisions, she made many mistakes, but she was elected democratically and only did what she believed to be right. You can't ask more of a person than that, and as much as I disagree with almost everything she did, I have the utmost respect for her for doing that. She didn't care for popularity like Blair or Cameron. She just wanted to do the right thing and believed that was exactly what she did.
Here's the rub; her death didn't change a thing. The mines didn't magically re-open when her heart stopped. She had a stroke, she didn't 'get her comeuppance'. Let her family, peers and fans mourn. Grow up and move on. Stop cheering about the death of a senile old woman. 'Cause when all is said and done, that's all these people are doing, and frankly it's disgusting.