Margaret Thatcher – What is your reaction?

With the recent death of The Iron Lady various emotions have been felt throughout the world. She did good and she did bad for the country, including the substantial rise in GDP during her time as Prime Minister but also caused a huge increase in unemployment. Here is how some  have reacted:

David Cameron (Prime Minister)

We have lost a great leader, a great prime minister and a great Briton.

As our first woman prime minister, Margaret Thatcher succeeded against all the odds, and the real thing about Margaret Thatcher is that she didn’t just lead our country, she saved our country, and I believe she’ll go down as the greatest British peacetime prime minister.

Her legacy will be the fact she served her country so well, she saved our country and that she showed immense courage in doing so. And people will be learning about what she did and her achievements in decades, probably for centuries to come.


Barack Obama (US President)

The world has lost one of the great champions of freedom and liberty, and America has lost a true friend. As a grocer’s daughter who rose to become Britain’s first female prime minister, she stands as an example to our daughters that there is no glass ceiling that can’t be shattered. As prime minister, she helped restore the confidence and pride that has always been the hallmark of Britain at its best. And as an unapologetic supporter of our transatlantic alliance, she knew that with strength and resolve we could win the Cold War and extend freedom’s promise.

Mikail Gorbachev (Former Soviet Leader)

Our first meeting in 1984 marked the beginning of a relationship that was difficult sometimes, not always smooth, but serious and responsible from both sides. Gradually, human relations developed as well, they became more and more friendly. Eventually we were able to reach mutual understanding, and this contributed to changes in atmosphere between our country and the West, and to the end of the Cold War. Margaret Thatcher was a great politician. She will remain in our memory and in history.

Ed Miliband, (UK Labour Leader)

She will be remembered as a unique figure. She reshaped the politics of a whole generation. She moved the centre ground of British politics and was a huge figure on the world stage.

The Labour Party disagreed with much of what she did and she will always remain a controversial figure. But we can disagree and also greatly respect her political achievements and her personal strength. She also defined the politics of the 1980s. David Cameron, Nick Clegg and I all grew up in a politics shaped by Lady Thatcher.

What is your reaction?


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A Digestible Week – Week 1

Sunday 6th January 2013 is the first week of ‘A Digestible Week’. This is a weekly video of the new and politics of the past week in an easy-to-understand and digestible format! Please watch the video below:

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Dispute Over The Falklands

Ever since a small section of land in the Antarctic was named as British there has been strong disputes with Argentina. Argentine president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, recently contacted David Cameron demanding back the ‘Las Malvinas’ (there name for the Falkland Islands).

On January 3rd 2013, Cameron made a firm statement to “do everything to protect the interests of the Falkland islanders” and that the islanders had shown a “clear desire to remain British”.

Fernandez believes that she has the world’s support and popular consent which could embarrass Cameron into negotiation over who owns the Falklands. However, Cameron sees this as the best way to start 2013, and with the flag flying above 10 Downing Street, and believes he can gain a lot of support as long as he does not cave in due to pressure.

Britain is currently enduring a time of poor economic performance, there are tensions over immigration, and questions being raised in public about our role in Europe. Good management of this situation could give new energy to the British public with a sense of pride that Cameron can take advantage of to win the electorate’s support.

Who do you think should own the Falklands and why? Join the debate!

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