Farewell, Iron Lady


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Former UK prime minister Margaret Thatcher, the controversial “Iron Lady” who dominated a generation of British politics and won international acclaim for helping to end the Cold War, died following a stroke in London on April 8. She was 87. A towering yet divisive figure, Thatcher rose from humble grocer’s daughter to become the woman who changed Britain with her free-market economics and was recognized around the world as a fearsome “Cold Warrior” in the 1980s. Her free-market reforms were controversial but they fundamentally changed the British economy and still provide a yardstick against which her successors are judged. Thatcher overhauled the British economy but also triggered a cultural revolution by igniting a creative burst of anger at her policies, including slashing arts funding. With flowers from admirers piling up outside Margaret Thatcher’s London home but left-wingers planning jubilant parties, the former premier is as divisive in death as she was in life.

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