An Observation


“I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even the enemy”

― Jessica Dovey

 

when Osama Bin Lnden was (for want of a better word) murdered, that was glee among the people. The above quote was used greatly on social media such as twitter to condemn the frivolity. At the time it was generally said that Martin Luther King had in fact spoken these words but he did not.  The rest of the quote that went with this spoke of hate multiplying hate, and not bringing anyone out of darkness was indeed said by him.

it is hard to believe that short time later people are yet again celebrating a death. This time nobody was murdered, and it was a death that was not unexpected in any way, let alone arranged. However, Margaret Thatcher was considered by some to be an enemy of the country.

I can’t say that I really think of her as an enemy when I look back. Actually I do not remember a lot about her other than the fact that she was always there and in charge of the country when I was growing up. She made some bad decisions, but then everybody does at some point. As Prime Minister her mistakes were more notable, and greatly remembered.

I am not a fan of her ideals, but then she was part of the Conservative party am the kind of things that happened were the kind of things that they stood for.  In other words, whoever was in charge I am sure these ideas would have gone ahead. I do not think the blame can be laid entirely at the feet of Margaret Thatcher.

As for as I saw, what happened that day was that a woman died from a stroke, after suffering with dementia/Alzheimer’s. She left behind children, and many seem to forget that she was, in fact, a mother.

She was the leader of the country for the whole of my childhood, and the one thing though remained constant for me. As I said, I do not remember very much about what went on when she was in power. Whatever new policies were brought in, I did not feel the impact. Maybe if I had I would feel differently? I doubt that though, because, at the end of the day, she was elected into power. If anybody is to blame for the new policies, it would be the voters who elected her.

I do not think that the people should be expected to pay for the funeral, when the country is in so much trouble and has no spare cash. I do not think that it should be a state funeral either, but I believe they are not going ahead with that particular idea. At the time of writing this, she is going to have a military funeral with honours. Like I said, I do not believe that the taxpayer should pay for this in its entirety. However, I am not one of those people who does not believe that she should be given some kind of respect. She may have been a lot of things, but she was our leader, and as such she deserves our respect.

Do not speak ill of the dead is what we are told, but I have been witnessing it in bucket loads since Margaret Thatcher passed over. I am not going to start singing her praises, but people kept voting her back, so she must have been doing something right as well as all the things they are saying that she did wrong.

I have to wonder, if she had not been a woman would her mistakes have been held so highly? It is not like we have anything to compare her to as she was the first woman in power. Let’s face it, I am not sure that she will be followed by anyone because it is a man’s world. I mean, most politicians are disliked, but she inspired more feeling within people. I am trying to work out why this could be.

It is not like the ideals died with her, we are still seeing things being privatised, the richer are still being made richer, while the poorer are getting poorer, unemployment is rising, riots have hit the streets,so, what has actually changed?

Nothing.

So why are we celebrating? I am not sure, and I am not going to start celebrating now. At the end of the day, somebody died, and they left behind family. I mourn for them.

For give me for not waving the flags over death.

2 thoughts on “An Observation

  1. A moral dilemna. U.K. had Maggie, U.S. had Ronnie. Odd they both died suffering from dimentia – Alzheimers. My memories are of bomb shelters – our small town library…maybe why I feel better when reading or writing. I asked these EXACT questions in my post about Zsa Zsa Gabor, whether I should feel bad about a talentless Hollywood star whose fallen on hard times, but used to pop the cork on $100,000 bottles of champagne and share them with her lap dogs. You seem inclined to the humanistic view such people, but you are a bit younger than me. Reagan, our Thatcher, made the U.S. an unforgiving place to live for so many people. I left. I didn’t have an answer in my post. I don’t celebrate the death of anyone, but I don’t shed a tear for those who made my world less livable or compassionate. Love to hear your opinion on Zsa Zsa.
    Later…

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    1. I suppose I do have a humanistic view on Margaret Thatcher. I mean, she was what she was and I am sure that if she had had some kind of impact on me, personally, then I might have a different opinion. However, at the end of the day, she is still a person, and as far as I am concerned, the political part of her, her party, and our country, could be ignored by me. I was not part of the pits that she closed, I was too young for the poll tax to affect me, I was too young to understand the comments that she made against Mandela, I don’t remember the Falklands at all!much as I hate to do it (because I can’t stand him) I will have to quote Russell Brand and saved as she is like ‘a scary headmistress’in my memory.
      And yes, I do not like him, but I would not be celebrating if he died tomorrow.
      As for Zsa Zsa, well, she had her rise to glory and then she crashed (literally). She remains partly paralysed, and as for the financial hardship she suffered then all I can say is, shit happens! I do not feel bad for her, because, I am disabled myself and would not want people to feel bad for me. I have never had financial success, but as far as I can see, she spent the money because she had it, and now it is gone. If I had been her, I would have saved it.
      There you go, that is my opinion.

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