I do not admire strength for strength’s sake. A person who has great strength or power absent any other admirable qualities is destined to be a bully and nothing more. I also believe that true strength must include the strength to admit wrong-doing, and the use of strength to protect the weak. I do not value stubbornness.
I do not consider the rise of any woman to a place of power to be a victory for feminism just because she happens to be a woman. Especially not a woman who hated feminism and did so much to damage the futures of women to follow her. I would rather see a progressive man use his power to improve the lives of the less privileged, than see an otherwise incredibly privileged rich, white, well-educated Western woman destroy the lives of those less privileged than herself.
I do not believe that it is wrong to “speak ill of the dead” just because they have died. A terrible person does not become a saint just because they are dead. I believe we should be judged by our deeds not only during our lives but also in memoriam. I would never ask an abuse victim to sit with quiet respect through their funeral’s abuser. Nor do I find it appropriate to see media outlets scrambling to find something positive to say just so they can post a eulogy about a person’s passing. I will not look down on an injured person because they, unable to ever seek meaningful retribution for their injuries, resort to crass humour as a means of at least seeking some personal peace.
I believe it is entirely appropriate, just and correct to publicly and openly point out that a person’s deeds include
- Branding Nelson Mandela a terrorist
- Supporting Apartheid
- Giving aid to Pol Pot
- Supporting Pinochet
- Dismantled the unions
- Destroyed British manufacturing – the steel works, mining and dock working industries
- Left millions of working class Brits unemployed
- Sold off Britain’s assets, including British Gas
- Started the disastrous swathe of privatisation that continues to this day
- Introduced the poll tax
- Increased VAT from 8% to 17.5%
- Cut the benefits system down to the bare bones
- Left the NHS so underfunded that the horror stories of poor care remain a mark on British healthcare today
- Used the British military, dressed in police uniform, to handle protests and strikes
- Permitted brutal police measures
- Allowed 10 Irish political prisoners to die during hunger strike
- Dismantled the council house system, leaving a housing shortage for the poor that continues to this day
- Was a close friend of Jimmy Savile
- Enacted Section 28
- Hated feminism and feminists
No. I won’t mourn.
No. I won’t show the dishonourable dead more respect than the living.
Here ends my political ranting. Back to knitting!
- Death of a Tyrant (ellezed.wordpress.com)
- Another Thatcher Joke (danpoulton.wordpress.com)
- Thatcher and a Good Night Out (drnicko.com)
- And The Devil Smiles (conspoetry.wordpress.com)