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Thatcherism, Spirituality and Public Policy

Inequalities

In a guest post that takes a more reflective look than our typical, more empirically-minded writing, Owen Davis mulls over a relatively neglected side of Thatcher’s legacy.

Picture of Margaret Thatcher as PMNews of Margaret Thatcher’s death was received with a mixture of grief, relief and in some less tasteful cases, triumph and celebrations. My personal reaction was one of mild interest, veering on indifference. After all, it was surely only a matter of time before this 87 year old woman, whose latter years had been plagued with ill-health, would pass away.

British politicians were quick to make their views heard. The Prime Minister paid tribute to her “lion-hearted love for this country”, whilst the leader of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband, hailed the “extraordinary life and unique contribution of Margaret Thatcher”. There was certainly an air of the Oxford debating club ‘good show old chap’ about the proceedings. In fact, there was only one…

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