Comments:Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher dies aged 87
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This article, like the rest in the mainstream media, only focuses on positive parts of Thatcher's life. What about the rest? Wikinews needs to make it stand apart from the rest of the media afraid to mention the truth. If it were Hitler, Pinocet, Stalin, George W Bush, etc. who had died then articles wouldn't fail to criticize the person.
The article says very little about her life at all. There's really only the second paragraph. Which does mention the coal strike and the riots.
I'm with Xania on this, we've fallen for the "don't speak ill of the deceased" nonsense and produced a bit of a hagiography. She was a hateful woman, and she will not be missed because her loathed ideology lives on, even in toadying members of the Labour Party.
Hunter S. Thomson had this to say when Nixon died:
- "If the right people had been in charge of Nixon's funeral, his casket would have been launched into one of those open-sewage canals that empty into the ocean just south of Los Angeles. He was a swine of a man and a jabbering dupe of a president. Nixon was so crooked that he needed servants to help him screw his pants on every morning. Even his funeral was illegal. He was queer in the deepest way. His body should have been burned in a trash bin."
There are plenty of notable figures as-glad to see Thatcher gone, and not willing to be cowed by her fans in the mainstream press. A well-worth reading editorial in The Guardian warns on the risks of hagiography, just look at the "burial" of the socially divisive policies Reagan was responsible for along with his corpse. The policies never went away, they were canonised alonside him by Fox News.
Much the same can be said for Thatcher.
In the case of this article, I tried to improve it. I added mention of right-to-buy, privatisation, the Miners' Strike and Section 28 to try and make sure that it wasn't just the Falklands and the "transforming of the British economy" (which masks many important details).
I would have liked to spend a bit more time increasing what we had to say specifically about her time as Prime Minister... which is sort of the most important part of an article of this sort. But alas, there were pressures of time: both to publish, and for me to get back to work.
Yes, I was glad to see some mention of her darker deeds. It was the lack of quotes from those unafraid to talk ill of the dead I was mourning.