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Monday, 8 April 2013

Margaret Thatcher: She Whipped Our Asses (And Not In A Good Way)

The death today of Margaret Thatcher has provoked much bile and attempts at celebration from those who were/are on the left politically and so opposed her every step of the way. Truth is Thatcher is hated precisely because she was so amazingly successful and achieved far more of her agenda than anyone would have dreamed possible when she became leader of the Conservative Party in 1975.

Thatcher whipped the asses of the left and the trade unions, and not in a way that was at all pleasurable to any bar the most hardened masochists.

We did return the serve nicely with the campaign against the poll tax.

But it was too little, too late.


                                                 Like falling down several flights of stairs now
                                                 to a world gone as the Brixton riots
                                                 or “Maggie! Maggie! Maggie! Out! Out! Out!”
                                                 Our answers easy and fast as fish ‘n chips twice
                                                 at the end of the night. Unanimity, as ever,
                                                 on the mathematical impossibility of you
                                                         twenty years on
                                                 giving the lawn
                                                 its requisite short-back-and-sides,
                                                 the gardens of Littlehampton all
                                                 standing to attention by the rich
                                                 green Lord Tennyson sea.

from Time Gentlemen, Please (Salmon Poetry, 2008)