She is remembered with affection by many Conservative voters, who also recall with anger her peers who knifed her in the back over her views on Europe: like Winston Churchill, she understood instinctively that if a United States of Europe were to be formed that was well and good, but Great Britain must be apart from it.
More than this, though, she is remembered with affection by many: across the centre-right she remains the queen over the water, and even Labour voters of all vintages appreciate that she was the last leader who, in the tradition of Peel, Disraeli, Churchill and Attlee, put their conviction to do right ahead of expediency and focus-groups.
Like Shakespeare, Beethoven, Kant, and Bismarck, she decisively tackled all the issues in her field and therefore changed that field forever, for both better and worse. But those who concentrate on the negative aspects of her legacy would do well to remember that the only way never to do anything wrong is never to do anything.
I could continue by listing Mrs Thatcher’s many achievements, but others will do this better than I could: so here’s three things she never did.
- She never introduced the target-culture into the NHS that led to corporate massacres at Mid Staffs General Hospital and elsewhere: John Major did this.
- She never made higher education a commodity to be bought and sold by replacing grants with tuition fees; Tony Blair did this.
- She never threatened our hard-won freedom of the press; a junta comprised of David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Milliband did this.