As dignitaries gathered in
Case in point:
And that's really saying something, because there's considerable competition for that title. But none of the other contenders are just sitting around at home constructing scapegoat balloon animals to dishonor the death of a politician who left office nearly 23 years ago. As an adult, I barely have time to stop and buy shampoo at the end of the workday, let alone find the supplies needed to make something worthy of a third-grade art fair entry.
Exceptions to the "working people have better things to do" premise include the
But why even work a three-day week when you should be able to do precisely zero work and still live comfortably? Actually, that has now become a reality. The unspoken truth about Thatcherism is that it didn't go far enough in reforming
Thatcher created funds for entrepreneurship and dropped the basic tax rate from 33 percent to 30 percent while cutting the top rate -- the one that prompted the Rolling Stones to leave
"I do not know anyone who has got to the top without hard work," Thatcher once said. "That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but should get you pretty near." But she always believed that there was ample room at the top, that it wasn't an "Everest" with a tiny peak.
Thatcher represented something you don't see very often, if at all, anymore in politics: authenticity and genuine leadership. She had true convictions and didn't waver from them, regardless of pressures.
To me, Thatcher has always provided the ultimate loser litmus test. Anyone I've ever met with a viscerally negative reaction to her has either been (a) lazy, (b) incapable of thinking for himself, (c) misogynistic, (d) ignorant, (e) socialist/collectivist, or (f) a nanny-state freeloader.
To have lasted more than 11 years in power while fighting against the ubiquitous British nanny state, achieving an eventual and hard-won economic uptick, was a testament to Thatcher's ability to economically motivate enough people to work hard and be productive enough to collectively carry the nation on their shoulders. But that was always an uphill battle, as this week's protests demonstrate.
The natural tendency is for people to want more for doing less, and never has that attitude been more widespread than it is today. Factor in a more liberal immigration policy in the years since Thatcher left office, which has created a further drain on the welfare state, and the system is so far gone that it would now be nearly impossible for a Thatcher type to ever be elected.
Thatcherism was a mind-set -- that of winners. It's up to the British as to whether they want to bury it alongside her.
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