Mourn Thatcher – but not her policies

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A small number of people have seen the death of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher as a cause for celebration.

However, a civilised political discourse would dictate that we refuse to stoop so low as to rejoice in suffering of any kind, against any person.

Can we not mourn the 
survival of Thatcherism while also mourning the death of Thatcher herself, a frail, elderly lady?

Many of her policies were monstrous – as was the way she mistreated many of her colleagues and rivals – but she was no monster.

Although death does not absolve her of the many offences she committed in public office, she deserves, as we all do, some dignity in death.

The day that the pernicious, divisive and narcissistic ideology of Thatcherism that intoxicates contemporary British politics has been truly laid to rest will be a day for celebration. The day that a fellow human being succumbs to death is not.

David Kelly

Highfields

Dunblane

I note with regret the death of Baronness Thatcher. The regret comes from not having been able to note it prior to 1979.

I suppose that for the next fortnight we will have to put up with a gush of hagiographic drivel from the usual bunch of crawlers, plus those who want to be seen to do the politically correct thing. That’s a hypocrisy to which I shall not succumb.

Publishers will already be getting the pre-written biographies ready for press, just biding a decent time before release.

After the “goddess” ones will come the others. We’ve a lot to learn about her cabal. Let the back-stabbing begin.

Thomas R Burgess

St Catherine’s Square

Perth

Dear Maggie – hope you’re at peace.

At the end of the day, 
grocer’s daughter to PM sounds like a meritocracy to me, but sometimes merit alone isn’t enough to endear.

Of course, you weren’t everyone’s cup of tea… more like a strong espresso, really. Bound to offend due to your natural strength of character.

I personally feel that, like Churchill, you will be judged more fairly a few decades after your passing, when everyone has calmed down. Until then, you have at least one Scot as an admirer.

David McMillan

Westbank Quadrant

Glasgow

Margaret Thatcher was the only British prime minister to leave behind a set of ideas about the role of the state which other countries strove to copy and to apply.

But Scotland was not one of the nations which sought economic salvation in the small government, privatisation, deregulation, low 
taxes and free trade she 
advocated.

Her thoughtful “sermon on the Mound”, given to the Kirk in 1988, was the best speech I heard in the 
General Assembly during the four decades I was a parish minister.

In comparison with the sycophantic welcome given to Gordon Brown in 2009, she was treated with 
discourtesy and misunderstanding by the “fathers and brethren”.

Yet her emphasis on hard work, personal responsibility and dislike of an overweening state has echoes of an over-achieving, Presbyterian Scotland which is sadly gone.

(Dr) John Cameron

Howard Place

St Andrews

the passing of Mrs Thatcher reminds me of the quote about her by Alex Salmond, just a couple of years ago in an interview with the Conservative blogger Iain Dale.

“We didn’t mind the economic side so much. But we didn’t like the social side at all,” were the words of the First Minister.

Both of them believed in cutting business taxes and 
arguing against “gold-plated” banking regulations in order to grow the economy.

Both were proved wrong by the banking collapse.

M Smythe

Dalry Road

Edinburgh