‘Burying Our Complex Past’ | T. Stanley- History Today

‘Burying Our Complex Past’ | T. Stanley- History Today

Moreover, Right and Left described Thatcher’s years in office as if they were of one tone, be it uncompromising conviction or brutal narrow-mindedness. Yet anyone writing Thatcher’s biography in 1981 would encounter a prime minister who had caved in to a threatened miner’s strike; in 1982 as an unpopular leader placed third in the polls; in 1983 as a war hero who united the nation; in 1986 as the creator of a booming economy; and in 1990 as a poll tax fanatic, who lost office thanks to her own arrogance. Pragmatist, ideologue, job creator, job destroyer: Thatcher was all these things and more. Yet her funeral treated her character and spirit as though they were consistent and timeless – the stuff of myth rather than flesh and blood.

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