Strange as I reflect on my memories of Margaret Thatcher, and reading the tributes being paid by politicians and world leaders.
I have to declare that I was not a fan! She came to Warwick once, and I was in the crowd to watch. Sure, there was quite a bit of Maggie-Maggie-Maggie, Out-Out-Out, but it did feel as if the press had sent their War Correspondents rather than those who might cast a critical eye over the changes being forced upon education.
I do recall pre-Thatcher, and it was not very nice. I can still see the black and white tiled coffee table we had in the sitting room with a candle on top, alight because of the Three Day Week. The strength of the Unions did seem to be disproportionate, and the language of the interminable debates and interviews was from another world.
Maggie was very strong on their being no alternative to her policies.
And so while the reduction in Union power may or may not have been a good thing, the destruction of industry that went with it does seem, with hindsight, to have been too much of a price to pay. Whilst many of her policies were ground breaking, I do not think she fully understood the different historical values of the working classes, and that still has profound effects today in the shallowness of the political debate over benefits and employment.
And so whilst I wish her and her family no ill will I hope and pray for a move on from the effects of Thatcherism and its black and white solutions to very complex social issues.