Leaders from around the globe are paying tribute to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who died of a stroke this week at age 87. Britain’s “Iron Lady” was the country’s first female prime minister and one of the 20th Century’s most important political figures. But the conservative Thatcher also had many critics, who say her policies hurt workers and the country’s economy. We’ll discuss Thatcher’s life and legacy, including her relationship with the U.S. and President Ronald Reagan.

Richard Aldous, Eugene Meyer Professor of British History and Literature at Bard College, and author of "Reagan and Thatcher: The Difficult Relationship"
Richard V. Allen, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, former chief foreign policy coordinator for the Nixon administration, and chief foreign policy adviser and national security adviser to President Ronald Reagan
Laura Flanders, contributing writer for The Nation

  • Ralph

    What an awful person Thatcher was. She was a friend of terrorist dictator Augusto Pinochet, who threw innocent young leftists out of moving airplanes and tortured pregnant women to death. She was inspired by that maniac Milton Friedman who created the Pinochet monster and who is a militant supporter of the 1%’s cronyism and corruption. If she had been chummy with Pol Pot then everyone would have condemned her as insane, but because she was associated with right-wing terrorists, the Western media instead often heap adoration on her.

  • Gary Kay

    Sorry to hear about the death of anybody. My condolences to her family.

    But she was in fact an advocate for the world’s aristocracy in general; the British aristocracy in particular. Obviously those who benefitted from her policies would laud her. But many were hurt and are still hurting.


    Thatcher and Reagan,both should be blamed for their voodoo trickle down economy, closing factories ,outsourcing jobs, destroying all social safe nets, education, and so on,

  • Luke_Askance

    One aspect of Lady Thatcher’s career seems contradictory. In the late 1980s, she made a number of speeches warning strongly against the threat of climate change. By 2001 or 2002, however (as detailed in her memoir “Statecraft”), she denounced Al Gore and said the science was uncertain. Perhaps your guests could comment.

  • yttrium8

    What does the panel thinks about the present day Britain if Margaret Thatcher never a PM?

  • trite

    It was Beeching in the 1960s who cut the small railway stations. Laura Flanders misspeaks.

  • gez devlin

    Maggie Thatcher Milk Snatcher (1st act was to
    take free milk out of elementary schools).

    I was a teenager when
    Thatcher was in office & in Derbyshire we saw up close how the government weakened
    the unions and used the police to break the miner’s strike. Coal mining was on the wane anyway, but her
    methods were cruel and ice cold. Ask Billy Bragg.

    She was reviled for her treatment of Northern Ireland and
    the hunger strikers and the imposition of the pole tax, and the necessary
    failure of the latter was the beginning of her undoing . The Falklands War probably
    got her reelected and the sinking of the Argentine ship Belgrano was pure

    Overall, Thatcher did engender some positive change, but for
    many she brought no light at all.

  • John Tweed

    Along with Reagan, Mrs Thatcher’s idea of compassion was ‘care in the community’. That the rich who were benefiting from all the money being channeled their way would donate some to charities to help the poor and disabled now living on the streets. She squandered the UK’s North Sea oil wealth on the City and Wall St., compare that with Norway,s enlightened use of their oil wealth. Her policies devastated communities across the country. There’s nothing to celebrate, any change for the good she may have brought is far outweighed by the cost.

  • This is how I remember Margaret Thatcher
    Scales of moral justice will decide your eternal life, for you the politicion caused chaos death and strife.
    To benefit the country was the mask you hid behind you caused chaos strife and misery to benefit your kind.
    In pursuit of economics you cast aside your moral ground, you caused so much grief and misery in the time you were around.
    You unleashed your private army on the men who dug for coal In pursuit of Capitalism you sacrificed your soul.
    This life is short and fleeting, we all walk the same path, the scales of moral justice will decide upon gods wrath


    In the wake of the passing of a political leader their reputation is often burnished to the point of veneration( Ronald Reagan?). Forum is to be congratulated in affording Laura Flanders the opportunity to “speak truth to power”.She may have been outnumbered by Thatcherites on the programme but she was not outgunned. Mrs Thatcher began her interregnum by invoking the prayer of St Francis. This smokescreen heralded a permanent campaign that led up to her startling assertion “that there was no such thing as society”. As an Irishman living in London during the miner’s strike I will never forget the chilling effects of her diktat.The fawning nature of most political tributes does not do justice to her legacy.In the absence of dissenting views from most figures on the British Left the gravedancers get the attention. Listening to Irish,Scottish,English voices in San Francisco in the last day there is indeed a consensus on her reputation which belies that being portrayed by the mainstream media.

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