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Why people hate Margaret Thatcher explained in memes

Jessie Brown

The Iron Woman in pictures, because they speak louder than words.


Margaret Thatcher ... why is she so hated?

YOU will have no doubt noticed that many people HATE Margaret Thatcher. The Iron Woman’s death has even enticed people to throw parties to celebrate her death. For someone from outside of the UK this can be a shocking sight, so let’s explain why the death of one woman has polarised the nation.

Why people hate Margaret Thatcher explained in memes1. She stole milk from children

They tell you not to steal from children, but that didn’t stop Margaret Thatcher. In the 70s she became Secretary of State for Education and Science and started to cut spending in schools, including abolishing free milk for school children. While this provoked a storm of attack, her supporters thought it was a good move which freed up cash for academic priorities.

2. She sold everything off- privatisation

Margaret Thatcher led the sale of many national industries from the public sector to the private one. Gas, water and electricity were all privatised and while this saw an improvement in performance it shaped the market we have today with ever-rising prices.

Margaret Thatcher meme

Margaret Thatcher meme3. The Falklands

The Falklands war in 1982 was a defining moment for Thatcher. This is a huge and complicated topic but criticism of the Iron Woman comes down to her handling of the war plan, the loss of life which totalled more than 250 British and even greater losses for the Argentinian people, as well as her prior ‘neglect’ of the defence of the British-controlled region.



Margaret Thatcher meme4. She labelled miners ‘the enemy within’

Thatcher pushed to lessen the control of trade unions. Eventually this anti-union sentiment boiled over in the miners’ strikes of the 80s. In the face of 20 mines forced closures and 20, 000 job cuts the miners went on strike. But the Iron Woman refused to meet with union leaders and was even famously quoted saying, “We had to fight the enemy without in the Falklands. We always have to be aware of the enemy within, which is much more difficult to fight and more dangerous to liberty”.In the end more mines were shut, more jobs were lost and remaining mines were privatised.

This is just a small insight into the mind-set of a Margaret Thatcher hater, but we hope it helps you to understand why some people are partying in the street. If you want to know more about Margaret Thatcher read our article explaining her legacy to the UK.

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