Margaret Thatcher Dies; First Female British Prime Minister and "Iron Lady" Was 87

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Margaret Thatcher, the British Prime Minister who governed the kingdom from 1979-1990 and was known as The Iron Lady, died this morning at the age of 87.

Her son, Sir Mark, and daughter Carol confirmed Thatcher's passing.

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Lord Bell, her longtime spokesman, said this morning:

"It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning."

Thatcher will go down in history not only as Britain's first female prime minister, but as the woman who transformed Britain economically and internationally.

She is perhaps the only British PM to leave behind a set of ideas about the role of the state which other leaders and nations strove to copy and apply.

Many features of the modern global economy - monetarism, privatization, deregulation, small government, low taxes and free trade - were all promoted by Thatcher.

As a result of policies she employed to reverse Britain’s economic decline, Thatcher sought to implement all of the above, and her legacy did not end there.

In America and in Europe she was regarded, alongside her friend Ronald Reagan, as one of the two great architects of the West’s victory in the Cold War.

Among British prime ministers, only Margaret Thatcher’s childhood hero, Winston Churchill, could claim a higher international reputation to this day.

Thatcher had become increasingly frail over the past decade after small strokes in 2001 and 2002. She also suffered from dementia in recent years.

Poor health prevented her attending an 85th birthday party arranged by PM David Cameron in 2010, and Prince William's wedding to Kate Middleton in 2011.

Revered by millions, Lady Thatcher published two volumes of memoirs since leaving office, as well as a magisterial volume on international affairs.

She is survived by her two children. Her husband, Sir Denis, died in 2003.

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what took so damned long !!! that wacko was nuttier tan a bedbug .... iron ladt ? only the sickest of psychos has the penchant or meglomaiacle delsions and only a mongrel debased country of she men would put up awith such madness .....

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@ joy

Agree totally , Joy..... the Nazis walked right over that effeminate slum country until , like women , the cried for help and rescue . and now are talking tough again .... faggots .

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I am a British citizen and I lived through the Thatcher years of her government in the 70's and 80's. I am sorry to hear of her death and her struggle with dementia which is a terrible illness. But I am afraid I did not agree with hardly any of her policies especially her economic ones.The trouble with he Tory government at the time was profits before people if it isn't viable get rid of it. I was one of the many unemployed at the time as Mrs Thatcher decided to close down many industries and the mines in Britain. Surely it would have been more economic to create jobs rather than put people onto the dole queues. Margaret Thatcher's Britain made the rich richer and the less fortunate in our society poorer. Instead of bridging the divide between the have's and the have not's it made it worse. One thing I must say about her though she did succeed in a male dominated profession which must have have been no push over. I think personally she became to dictatorial regarding her cabinet and would not listen to the other members. That is why she was voted out. Many places in Britain and communities have never recovered from the Thatcher legacy and still hold her responsible for their problems today. Mrs Thatcher was a rich woman and like many politicans they have no idea how us mere mortals live. But I do think like her or loath her people in this country who are having parties to celebrate her death is rather disrespectful in my opinion.

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Gonna miss the Iron Lady. She had some balls on her! RIP MRS THATCHER