Margaret Thatcher Dead at 87

Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died at the age of 87 today.  From SKY News:

Former Conservative prime minister Sir John Major described his predecessor as a “true force of nature” and a “political phenomenon”.  He said: “In government, the UK was turned around under – and in large measure because of – her leadership.  “Her reforms of the economy, trades union law, and her recovery of the Falkland Islands elevated her above normal politics, and may not have been achieved under any other leader.”

Because of her exceptional leadership, Thatcher will perhaps be most remembered internationally for bringing an end to the Cold War.  Former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev had fond words for Lady Thatcher:

Thatcher, an enemy of communism, said at the time that she and Gorbachev each firmly believed in their respective nation’s political system and were never going to change one another.  But Gorbachev said on Monday that his relationship with Thatcher helped bring change and tear down the Iron Curtain.  “We gradually developed personal relations that became increasingly friendly,” he said. “In the end, we were able to achieve mutual understanding, and this contributed to a change in the atmosphere between our country and the West and to the end of the Cold War.”

Even her enemies respected her.  Lady Thatcher will be missed.

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