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UK: Thatcher’s death greeted by jubilant crowds in London

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April 8, 2013 at 18:23 GMT +00:00 · Published

UK: Thatcher’s death greeted by jubilant crowds in London

More than 900 people came out onto the streets of Brixton in South London on Monday to celebrate the demise of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The overwhelming young partygoers drank, played music and improvised banners condemning the former Conservative leader.

First elected in 1979, the first and only woman ever to take the top job in UK politics, Thatcher remains a deeply divisive figure in the country. While some laud her policies as freeing private enterprise from the shackles of government regulation and taking on overly powerful trade unions, others saw her government’s policies as an attempt to cut welfare state provisions and worker’s rights won since the Second World War.

The victory over the 1983-84 Miner’s Strike, when politicians managed to force a retreat by the powerful coal mining unions, signaled the beginning of a period of privatisation of state services and industry that fundamentally shifted the economic base of the nation.

Best known internationally for her government’s role in the conflict with Argentina over the Falklands Islands, a British dependent territory claimed by the South American nation, Thatcher also drew condemnation for her vocal support for Chilean military leader General Pinochet and the apartheid government of South Africa.

The Prime Minister also became a hate figure to Irish Republicans, after ten hunger strikers led by MP Bobby Sands starved to death during an extended protest in Northern Irish prisons.

Thatcher was ousted by a rebellion within her own party in 1990, but remained a public figure until a stroke in 2002. The UK government has announced that while the former PM will not receive a state funeral, she will be buried in London’s St. Paul’s cathedral with a funeral military procession.

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UK: Thatcher’s death greeted by jubilant crowds in London

More than 900 people came out onto the streets of Brixton in South London on Monday to celebrate the demise of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The overwhelming young partygoers drank, played music and improvised banners condemning the former Conservative leader.

First elected in 1979, the first and only woman ever to take the top job in UK politics, Thatcher remains a deeply divisive figure in the country. While some laud her policies as freeing private enterprise from the shackles of government regulation and taking on overly powerful trade unions, others saw her government’s policies as an attempt to cut welfare state provisions and worker’s rights won since the Second World War.

The victory over the 1983-84 Miner’s Strike, when politicians managed to force a retreat by the powerful coal mining unions, signaled the beginning of a period of privatisation of state services and industry that fundamentally shifted the economic base of the nation.

Best known internationally for her government’s role in the conflict with Argentina over the Falklands Islands, a British dependent territory claimed by the South American nation, Thatcher also drew condemnation for her vocal support for Chilean military leader General Pinochet and the apartheid government of South Africa.

The Prime Minister also became a hate figure to Irish Republicans, after ten hunger strikers led by MP Bobby Sands starved to death during an extended protest in Northern Irish prisons.

Thatcher was ousted by a rebellion within her own party in 1990, but remained a public figure until a stroke in 2002. The UK government has announced that while the former PM will not receive a state funeral, she will be buried in London’s St. Paul’s cathedral with a funeral military procession.

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