Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page:

From The Socialist newspaper, 10 April 2013

Thatcher death: readers respond

I went to get my morning newspaper and also needed a sympathy card for a relative. When I asked Shah, my local shopkeeper, where his sympathy cards were his eyes nearly popped out of his head - "I don't believe you are getting a card for Thatcher!" he joked.

After getting back home Swansea Sound, the local radio, interviewed me on the phone and asked me what I thought of Thatcher? I said: "Like millions of working class people I hated Thatcher, hated what she stood for and have continued fighting Thatcherism in the Tory Party and in the Labour Party for the past 30 years.

"She destroyed working class communities across Wales, especially in the mining areas and her policies were responsible for sending hundreds of ex-miners to an early grave, of condemning their kids to a life of unemployment and drug addiction, which is rife in the Valleys.

"When I heard she had died yesterday afternoon I cheered out loud and last night I raised a glass in her memory - Good riddance!"

After a few more choice comments on the Poll Tax and how Militant turned the Iron Lady into iron filings the interviewer laughed out loud and thanked me for a 'different' interview!

Alec Thraves

A pub in the pit village of Clowne, Derbyshire, in 1984 during the great miners' strike: None of us had money beyond being able to afford a solitary pint, but when her name came up, one miner said that on the day she fell off her broomstick he would break the habit of a lifetime and buy champagne.

A silence followed for a few moments, then somebody else said, "let's make a pledge tonight that we'll all do the same on that day."

So tonight - and I don't even drink - I'll lift a glass of Tesco's cheapest fizz to the memory of the courageous striking miners whose fight was for all workers, to their inspiring wives and girlfriends, to the camaraderie I was fortunate enough to be part of in villages like Clowne, and to all those whose futures were blighted by Thatcher.

Robin Clapp

I have spent 35 years hating Thatcher, alive and now dead, for so many reasons. But today my thoughts are with the 96 innocent football fans (demonised by her) I saw die at Hillsborough. May THEY rest in peace.

Emily Kelly

I celebrated Thatcher's death and I make no apology for it. I raised a glass for the miners from Treharris I stood alongside in 1984/85, to David Jones and Joe Green who died on the picket lines. Thatcher didn't cry, she called you the enemy within.

I raised a glass to Darren Holmes (15) and Paul Holmes and Paul Wormersley (both 14) who died picking coal during the dispute. Thatcher regarded you as a price worth paying.

To the most inspiring MP ever, Terry Fields. Thatcher imprisoned him. For Nelson Mandela, she hated us for opposing apartheid and called him a terrorist.

For the Shrewsbury pickets. For the Liverpool and Lambeth councillors. For victims of Hillsborough whom she blamed.

So I give her death the same respect she gave all those mentioned.

Kev Dale

To those who tell me I shouldn't speak out against Thatcher because she is dead, I say this - I am no hypocrite, I loathed her while alive, so why would you expect me to now think otherwise?

To those who tell me it's a matter of respect for her family, I say this - where were you with your talk of respect for family when she destroyed the lives of so many? It is these families I think of now, these families that my heart goes out to.

For those of you who tell me she's dead now, it's over, move on, I say this - the people cannot and will not forget the pain and suffering she rejoiced in causing.

The truth is, dead or alive, her legacy lives on, division and inequality. Where is our industry? She was homophobic, she privatised everything she could - subsequent governments have followed because she made it possible.

She destroyed trade unions because they gave voice to the people she wanted to destroy, the working class.

And so, I have no objection to some mourning her death, but I am still mourning her life. We must learn from history, to do that we cannot and must not forget.

Serena Cheung

As a born-and-bred Yellowbelly, I'm proud to be from Lincolnshire. I'm proud of the Lincolnshire civil servants who struck last week, and the bridge-keepers who have struck for weeks at Sutton Bridge recently.

What I'm not so proud of is that our county produced one of the most vile, brutal people that has ever led this country.

While, like many people, I smiled at the news that Maggie Thatcher is finally dead, I'd rather keep the champagne bottles corked until her ideas are buried with her and we've achieved our real aim - a democratic socialist transformation of society by the mass of working people. That will be true vengeance to her and her ideas.

Nick Parker, secretary, Lincoln & District TUC

On Plumstead Common in the London Borough of Greenwich on Monday night, there was a firework display by a local trade unionist who had personally spent 100 to celebrate the death of Thatcher. A crowd from the local pub came out to watch the display and join in the celebrations!

Ted Austin, Greenwich Socialist Party

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.

In The Socialist 10 April 2013:

Thatcher's death

Now let's bury Thatcher's legacy

Thatcher: a class warrior for capitalism

Thatcher's death: readers respond 1

Thatcher death: readers respond 2

Socialist Party news and analysis

Halt the Thatcherite onslaught - TUC must call a 24-hour general strike!

Con-Dems' latest cruel cut: Disability Living Allowance

HBOS scandal is just the tip of the iceberg

Tories and press use Philpott case to attack 'welfare culture'

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC)

Warrington: Suspended for fighting the cuts

Doncaster: 60 at Mary4Mayor rally

Greater Manchester: Stop extermination of our NHS

Cheltenham marches against A&E cuts

'Forced out of work, forced out of Spain'

The bedroom tax

Beat the rotten bedroom tax

Bedroom tax: Can't pay - determined to stay!

International socialist news and analysis

Fears of a nuclear conflict on the Korean peninsula increase

Socialist Party workplace news

PCS plans more action

Pickets discuss coordinated strikes

Fight the attacks on NHS working conditions

Unison NEC elections: Vote for a fighting democratic union

PCS elections: vote Democracy Alliance/Left Unity

Socialist Party review

Hillsborough - never forgotten


Home   |   The Socialist 10 April 2013   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   PDF  |   ebook

Related links:


triangleOrgreave campaigners' Halloween 'Death of Justice' march

trianglePowerful picture of the Port Talbot steel workers' struggle

triangleWarts-and-all account of class war and the struggle for LGBT+ rights

triangleMutinies and strikes: when Bolshevism threatened British bosses

triangleCrunchy guitar and poignant dialogue in alt-rock homage to south Wales miners

Margaret Thatcher:

triangleLeft comic's take on politics will have you in tears

triangleWho's watching who?: The fight for justice, trade union and democratic rights

triangleSupport Corbyn's call to renationalise Royal Mail

triangleHow Blairism sank its claws into the Labour Party

Working class:

triangleFighting sexism, violence and capitalism - an international struggle

triangleWaltham Forest Socialist Party: Environmental crisis - a working class issue

triangleBosses say 217 years to close pay gap - workers' struggle can close it now!


triangleThe Socialist Inbox

triangleYoung people accused of extremism


triangleProblem gambling soars by 33%

Reviews and comments

Reviews and comments



The Socialist Inbox



Comment: Socialism and truth about Zane


Labour Party

Blairite horror and Labour's divisions graphically exposed



Dramatic retelling of Grunwick strike


Working class

Left comic's take on politics will have you in tears



The Socialist inbox


The Socialist

The Socialist Inbox



TV review: Abortion on Trial - hard-hitting look at impact of 1967 act


Vietnam war

Comprehensive account of bloody conflict



The Socialist inbox



Obituary: Paul Randall, 1959-2017



Welsh update of Chekhov an engrossing tale of 1980s class conflict



The Socialist inbox



The Socialist inbox


Fidel Castro

New musical on life of Castro

triangleMore Reviews and comments articles...

Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle8 Dec Local government pay: fight for the full 5% claim

triangle6 Dec Strikers rally in Liverpool

triangle6 Dec Corbyn's Labour can defeat Tories with socialist programme

triangle5 Dec Victory at Glenfield shows people power can save our NHS

triangle5 Dec Labour council Blairites deselected

triangle30 Nov Victory: Glenfield Children's Heart Centre saved!

triangle30 Nov Dramatic retelling of Grunwick strike

More ...

triangle13 Dec Caerphilly Socialist Party: Are we heading for an era of war?

triangle14 Dec Wakefield Socialist Party: Universal Credit - the Tories' latest assault on the poor

triangle18 Dec Leeds Socialist Party: Religion and Socialism

triangle19 Dec Bristol North Socialist Party: Christmas social

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube



December 2017

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017





















Platform setting: = No platform choice