Thatcher was an inspiring, unyielding and outspoken woman who won the hearts of millions of people all over the world. She was the first and only woman prime minister of the Great Britain serving the longest period in office by a British premier since the early 19th century.
She transformed Britain and inspired conservatives around the world by radically rolling back the state during her 11 years in power from 1979 to 1990 single handedly. This rewarded her with the name of Britain’s “IRON LADY”.
She was considered as the Britain’s Ronald Reagan (former U.S. president) by many and indeed, they were political soul mates. Reagan called her the “best man in England” and she called him “the second most important man in my life”. She also backed the first president George bush in 91 during the gulf war and declared that Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was a man she could do business with. She was truly a ‘woman of substance’, A grocer’s daughter with a steely resolve, born as Margaret Hilda Roberts on Oct. 13, 1925 in Grantham, England.
She attended Somerville College, Oxford, married Denis Thatcher Dec. 13 1951. When elected to Britain’s House of Commons in 1959, she was its youngest female member and went on to become the prime minister in 1979. Though her policies were controversial, she was loved and loathed in equal measure as she crushed the unions, privatized vast swathes of British industry, clashed with the European Union and fought a war to recover the Falkland Islands.
Today she is greatly mourned by the whole of Britain; mourners began to lay flowers outside her house as soon as the news of her death got out. One of the notes said “the greatest British leader”.
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