Britain’s greatest peacetime Prime Minister has passed away at the age of 87. This is not a sad occasion, but a time to celebrate. Not because, like many on the Left, we despised her and wish to gloat at outlasting her, but because, to paraphrase Reagan, her contemporary, we won and they lost. Her premiership, its ideas and its reforms, have never been reversed, equalled or bettered. In many ways the broad conservative movement, and especially the Tea Party, are her ideological children. Those ideas, while sometimes defeated from time to time, have only prevailed and become stronger as time has gone one. And they will continue to go from strength to strength after her death.
Her legacy is not only ideological, but practical. It lives on in every Briton whose lives were improved and whose wellbeing was lifted in the 1980s. Those people may not think of Thatcher and they may not recognise her for the effect on their lives, but they vastly outnumber the few trade unionists, leftists, and fringe interests she smacked down, and which even now make all the noise in the rush to define her.
Personally I find her a political inspiration who has yet to be equalled. Possibly only Winston Churchill and Oliver Cromwell left a greater legacy as individuals upon both Britain and English-speaking peoples. It seems unlikely we will ever see her like again, although maybe God will bless us once more in our lifetime. We can only hope and pray.
While she never made much of it publicly, Baroness Thatcher was a woman of strong Christian faith, and her faith was her primary driver. It is for that I admire her most of all.
May Margaret Hilda Thatcher rest in peace and may God grant her Life!
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day…” 2 Timothy 4:7-8