There is always more than one way to look at things... including death

There is always more than one way to look at things... including death

There is no doubt that the death of Margaret Thatcher has sparked mixed emotions and reactions across the land. From those celebrating in the pit ravaged North to the tears shed in the Tory heartlands, and all of those in between (I for one) who knew her as the first female Prime Minister who changed a country. The debate rages on as to 'in what way did she change it?' But you cannot ignore the fact that for a lady to capture the top job in the country at a time when sexism in the workplace was rife, was an achievement in itself.

And whatever your thoughts on her, they remain just that... thoughts. Whatever effect her policies had upon your life or the lives of those around you - the way that you (and they) react to them is always the same. We create our feelings through thought and feel what we think. So take the two miners interviewed on the BBC yesterday. One, who lost his job in the strikes, lost his house, his family and his pride. His Father had been a miner, his grandfather too - and he was not about to change his mind or career and do anything else.

The other former miner, took the opportunity to take up a new career... in IT. He now runs a large firm in London, employing thousands of people, who would not have had jobs had it been for his 'different thinking'. You see, no matter what happens to us, and who pulled the strings to make that happen, there is always more than one way to look at things... and that includes the death of someone like Margaret Thatcher.

Irina Bulanowa


Remarkable Woman and Politician

Margaret Thatcher was surely an outrageous even if controversal politician. I admire her strong will and determination to succeed especially as a woman. She is a vivid example of what one can achieve by permanently working on oneself, remaining true to one's own principles and making one's own dreams and visions real. Her time as a Prime Minister was a great leap in the European history.



Samantha Kelly



I have to say as an Irish person, I was in my car and quite shocked when I heard. Such a huge personality and imprint on my childhood memories as she always seemed to be in the news.




David Shirley


Margaret Thatcher

Fair points Damian - you can understand the bitterness in some quarters - we definitely became a more affluent society but it also brought greater division with it - the difference for individuals lies in the example you give of the two miners. I would say, whatever your personal beliefs, the funeral should be observed with respect.

I wonder how many SME's, entrepreneurial activities, would have been encouraged had the environment remained as it was pre Thatcher - there is no doubt her era was the catalyst for many more people to "carpe diem" so to speak -  I don't know if it's possible to compare business start up statistics for pre and post MT periods, I'm sure someone will at some point..

My personal opinion is she deserves to be right up there with the best we've had as Prime Minister.