Nooners has been hitting the turps again.
The left in America has largely thrown in the towel on Ronald Reagan, but in Britain Thatcher-hatred remains fresh. Why?
Because she was a woman. Because women in politics are always by definition seen as presumptuous: They presume to lead men. When they are as bright as the men they’re disliked by the men, and when they’re brighter and more serious they’re hated. Mrs. Thatcher’s very presence was an insult to the left because it undermined the left’s insistence that only leftism and its protection of the weak and disadvantaged would allow women to rise. She rose without them while opposing what they stood for. On the other hand, some of the Tory men around her had been smacked on the head by her purse often enough to wish for revenge. What better revenge than to fail to fully stand up for her to posterity?
And so her difficult position. But one senses that is changing.
Of course, it has nothing to do with the Poll Tax riots, her opposition to sanctions against South Africa, the closure of 150 coal mines and the resulting devastation of mining communities and mining unions, the abolition of school meals, Section 28, the massive long-term unemployment and hardship she inflicted on communities (particularly in the North) from which many have still not recovered, the slashing of higher education funding, the privatisation and deregulation of everything possible, or the fact that Margaret Thatcher was an evil, rabid, vicious, mean-sprited, homophobic, Reagan-snuggling, Pinochet-loving old trout.
No. It’s all because she’s a woman.