.....HEADS OF STATE AND A HANDBAG.....
....was she the tyrant, the narcissistic leader who trampled over the weak, with no remorse? Was she the living emblem of individualism and self realisation? She fought HER way to the top, so everyone could
IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME
I am convinced that every distinctive leader is a complex eco system; made up of often unconscious
desires that are culturally supported. They are working out some personal narrative/story which, in the right place, at the right time, appears to be the missing piece of the collective jigsaw. Thatcher was despised, for her 'woman hood,' violently
and cruelly. No other male leader has been 'handbagged' in the same way. If you can't beat 'em...........hence the 'Iron Lady'.
LOVING/HATING MRS THATCHER...A NATIONAL PASTIME...
Those who hated her: 7:84 (theatre company, formed in the Thatcher years - 7 percent of the population own 84 percent of the nation's wealth), Ben Elton, the unions, Alexii Sayle, Neil Kinnock and everyone in
Liverpool. They all had their justifiable reasons for doing so. She was easy to dislike. In hating her religiously, or in loving her obsessively, we are removing ourselves from our own muddy lives, and holding her responsible for our happiness/rage/sadness.
'ARTHUR SCARGILL'S JESUS TO ME.' (Miner in Mansfield who wouldn't break the strike and 'be a scab').
Her decisions, did of course affect more than our individual
psyches. Covering the miners' strike in Mansfield; my first news story for local radio, I saw, first hand, the impact of her choices. People were wounded, spiritually, emotionally and physically. I also saw social mobility. The homeowning democracy. Where
some of those who never would have had; had, at last.
SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL
As an individualist, she mistrusted large institutions: Royalty, the
Bank of England and the civil service's Sir Humphreys who loitered in Westminster's corridors stopping politicians do their jobs. She was intrigued as well as frustrated by the Church of England. 'What do they believe in? Anything?' Source, undisclosed.
The church, in turn didn't llike her much, either.
THE 'REAL' MRS T, SPITTING IMAGE STYLE....
Did she really mind 'not being liked?' This,
for too long the malaise of many women bosses and some male ones too. She was a caricature, because we caricatured her. A larger than political life dominant woman (god help us! Said her critics. A WOMAN in charge!), who was also bright, stubborn, kind (I
am told), single minded, loved deeply, was lonely after her husband's death, and of course, a distinctive leader.
There'll be angry, malicious, vicious, fawning, admiring, loving, and neither one
way or another, columns/editorials prompted by her death.
What and who was she really?