Thatcher, The Guardian and Misapplied Logic

A brief post that begins with a quick question: what’s the difference between Hitler, Chavez, Gaddafi and Thatcher?

That’s right. The first three died while still in power, of a sort. Their deaths actually brought something other than their lives to an end; provided not just a sense of closure, but actual, literal closure (in the case of Chavez, whether this is the case remains to be seen, but at the very least it brought about the opportunity for change).
Thatcher, in contrast, died many years after she had wielded any real power at all. Her death will change nothing; we all know that, really.

I’m not going to say anything about her life and her deeds. Others more knowledgable than I have done that eloquently enough already, on either side of the argument. Those who admire her should be open to the fact that her death doesn’t mean she escapes all criticism from those that don’t. But criticism isn’t the same as gloating, and those guilty of the latter need to have a better justification than the Chavez comparisons raised here, or the Hitler and Gaddafi comparisons elsewhere.

They may well have that justification; but these comparisons aren’t it.


Liked this? Take a look at the opening chapter from the soon-to-be-published Without Due Care here.


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