Contrary to her pious ambitions, Thatcher brought discord, error, doubt and despair. She was stabbed in the front and the back by her own party, but she among few gave her name to a legacy that lives on.
In her own words
‘I love argument. I love debate. I don’t expect anyone just to sit there and agree with me.’
‘If you go into politics, you expect to be knifed in the back.’
In a Guardian comment headlined ‘Margaret Thatcher and misapplied death etiquette’, Glenn Greenwald has set out his argument for an anti-hagiohraphic analysis of her role in shaping the society we now live in, saying that the diktat that one ‘not speak ill of the dead’ is (at best) appropriate for private individuals, not influential public figures.’