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The coffin with the body of British ex-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher will be carried by veterans of the Falklands War, Prime
Minister David Cameron’s office reports.

The victory in the unannounced Falklands War of 1982 provided Margaret Thatcher a second term as prime minister.

Margaret Thatcher died of stroke on Monday at the age of 87. The funeral will take place on the 17th of April.


Thatcher’s decade of silence

Dmitry Babich

We are living in the world that has been remade by Margaret Thatcher, although we may not notice this. Why? Well, for example, because Russian students now have more in common with British students of the 1990s in terms of problems coming their way, than with their Soviet peers of the Gorbachev era.

Paul Mason, a university teacher and columnist with The Guardian, wrote in one of his articles: “When I was at the University of Sheffield in 1978-81 I found time to play in a band, picket a steelworks, occupy several buildings, and write embarrassingly bad fiction…Today’s students tell me the bitter truth: “We work and we borrow in order to work and to borrow. And the jobs we work toward are the jobs we already have. What our borrowed tuition buys is the privilege of making monthly payments for the rest of our lives.”

Mr. Mason notes that before Thatcher’s rule there was a time when education in England was free. Today one can buy it if he has money or get an education loan if he has none. Is it fair? It is, partly. This justice was rigid, but it could not have been otherwise with the ‘Iron Lady’.

All good things can be sold and are bought quickly; if a thing is not sold, it is bad. Market is the fairest judge in this mad race called life. This was the basic principle Mrs. Thatcher ardently believed in. We can still feel the effect of her policy even many years after her resignation in 1990. Being a poor intellectual is no longer trendy in Britain and Russia: the time has come to earn money quickly. Reflecting on the issue, Paul Mason notes that contemporary students start their careers by setting up businesses, not communities and scientific circles that had been popular before Thatcher.

Certainly, Mrs. Thatcher could not have changed our lives on her own. She had many aides and supporters in Britain, U.S., Russia and throughout Europe. For example, Ronald Reagan’s victory in the 1980 presidential election could hardly be possible without Thatcher`s success in the 1979. In post-Communist states Thatcher was especially popular. While being a prime minister, Czech leader Vaclav Klaus had Thatcher’s portrait in his cabinet instead of the photo of the dissident presidentHavel. In Russia, Thatcher was a person who managed to unite the so-called ‘reformers’, including privatization chief Anatoly Chubais and ex-finance minister Boris Fedorov, as well as the first and last Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. But the difference was that Mr. Gorbachev praised the advertised theoretical side of ‘Thatcherism’, while young reformers turned it into real capital and personal wealth.

Thatcher fell victim to her own brainchild: the system based on money resulted in the creation of the European Union, and when the ‘Iron Lady’ criticized the Union`s policy in 2002, she was verbally attacked by her associates in the Tories. Shortly after Thatcher`s press-secretary told the media that the Baroness was very ill and would no longer make any public statements. It appeared that the authorities simply wanted Mrs. Thatcher to hold her tongue. They had better not do this: a decade later all drawbacks of the EU policy became evident even to its strongest supporters. Those were the drawbacks Mrs. Thatcher had been pointing to: red tape, egalitarianism, transferring power to Brussels, destruction of traditional moral values. It is not by chance that today’s Britain considers quitting the EU. Expert for the Goldman Sachs Foundation, Chris Clarke, comments.

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Nowadays both Europe and the U.S. are unanimously praising Thatcher`s policies as if they have forgotten that she did not give any comment within ten years. They only recollect her flawless projects: suppressing England’s left, opposing Brezhnev and contributing to the collapse of the Soviet Union, friendship with the U.S., e.t.c. Criticism of the EU and opposition to the united Germany were her two mostly doubted beliefs that are not usually taken into consideration. And this is very sad because Thatcher used to have her own beliefs that could not be influenced by anyone. This is, probably, what she will long be remembered for even by her rivals.

Voice of Russia, TASS

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