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Monday, April 8, 2013

The Thatcher Phoenix

Margaret Thatcher’s death will undoubtedly see the myth of Thatcherism rise like a phoenix from the ashes to give birth to an attempt to rewrite history, to airbrush out some of the most divisive political policies of the twentieth century that were perpetrated during a reign that waged an unforgivable war on both a way of life and a political belief system.

Untold by the media, many will see it as a desperate act of shameless hypocrisy, by those about to prosecute this hollow attempt at revisionism; those who are the same breed of jingoistic flag waving natives of a land of hope and glory who ultimately betrayed her by drowning their own self-styled ruler of the waves in a Shakespearian tragedy which was to lead them to a lingering death which would eventually cast them out into the wilderness despite a short lived return on the backs of the fence sitters who now face their own richly deserved oblivion at the hands of the electorate.

That they will mercilessly use her death in an attempt to support their own political failings is beyond contempt, but watch it happen, listen to the false platitudes, raise an eyebrow at the attempted glorification of a time when the south-east prospered whilst Northern England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland burned and was left to managed decline.

Thatcher came to power in 1979, she bastardised a prayer to St Francis of Assisi when she spoke these words, “Where there is discord, may we bring harmony. Where there is error, may we bring truth. Where there is doubt, may we bring faith, and where there is despair, may we bring hope."

During the next eleven and a half years Thatcher decimated the struggling nationalised industries and sold off all the profitable ones to the people who owned them in the first place who then sold them for a quick profit; industries that today are predominantly in foreign ownership and are charging our own people crippling amounts for their services, yet the revisionists will say she put the Great back in Britain?

Not even Evertonians were spared Thatcher’s mindless actions. Following Heysel, Thatcher put pressure on the FA who relented and withdrew all English clubs from the next seasons European competition. UEFA, given a free hand, endorsed the ban and league champions Everton were excluded from Europe. A few days later FIFA extended the ban worldwide. Evertonians, guilty of nothing, were being punished by a government who hated a city, we couldn’t understand why our club did nothing as only somebody spineless doesn’t fight for what is right. Everton’s chairman in 1985 was Tory grandee Philip Carter. We left Anfield to rid ourselves of one, John Houlding, and here was another, he’s still on the board today, allegedly.

However aggrieved Evertonians were at the actions of Thatcher and her government, it pales into insignificance for those who witnessed the miners who used to knock on the doors of the people of Huyton in the outskirts of the city during the 1984/85 strike. Proud working men, gaunt with hunger and with their families and communities being starved out in Thatcher's "Great Britain" were forced to knock on the doors of strangers for food. Fortunately in Harold Wilson’s old constituency Tories were pretty thin on the ground and those miners received not only food but a warm welcome and almost thirty years later their faces remain indelibly etched on the minds of those that helped just like the faces of Thatcher's government are indelibly etched on the minds of those they inflicted their cruel policies on.

After the hysteria subsides it's astonishing to compare the major acts records of Thatcher & Clement Attlee.....  who was the greatest post war Prime Minister again? Once the emotion is stripped away we think the history books of the future will portray Mrs Thatcher in all her deservedly tyrannical splendour.

In the next few days, when the stonemason sharpens his chisel, we’d suggest one further bastardisation of St Francis’ prayer for her epitaph….

"Where there was harmony, she brought discord. Where there was truth, she brought error. Where there was faith, she brought doubt and where there was hope she made sure there was despair."

Margaret Thatcher

1925 - 2013

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