Forced upon her
what a load of drivel. She didn't have to go through with it. So much for her 'convictions' and 'iron lady' qualities everyone praises if a few backbench Tories twisted her head
As for politically vulnerable, she'd won the last election a year prior and the Poll Tax, her final death blow, had yet to be introduced. Wouldn't say she was cornered at all. Trying to defend a homophobic legislation is pretty low tbh.
Her proteges continued to oppose the repeal of Section 28 until it was finally abolished in 2000.
Look at her record on homosexuality prior to becoming leader. It was out of character. All politicians are subject to the will of their party to some extent. She threw a bone to the hardliners led by Jill Knight, one that had more symbolic than practical effect anyway.
As for the Belgrano you're forgetting it was heading west at the time, outside the zone and Peru had a peace proposal on the table. Recklessly sinking it caused needless British and Argentine deaths due to it escalating conflict. Yes there was tensions and there was preparation for battle, but doing that put a stop to any peaceful resolution.
Exactly, the Belgrano was retreating and Thatcher made an outrageous error of judgment.
Did either of you actually read the article I linked to?
The Belgrano was not retreating. It had temporarily altered its heading to reposition for an incursion into the exclusion zone, where it was to rendezvous with other Argentine ships. A fact that the British were aware of due to intercepted signals.
The Argentines had been warned the previous week that being outside the exclusion zone did not render ships automatically safe, and that if ships outside that area were perceived as a threat they would be attacked. A squadron of Argentinian ships heading into the exclusion zone is about as threatening as it gets before you are actually under attack.
I cannot believe you guys are still peddling the lie that it was a war crime when even the Argentine Admiralty and the captain of the ship that was sunk agree that it was a perfectly legitimate act of war.
As a US native I don't for one second think that I am entitled to hold the same outrage as the people of Chile, South Africa, Argentina, Scotland, the North, et cetera, but some of the people baying for respect are ridiculous when they can't take a second to understand the horrific legacy of this woman that is motivating otherwise compassionate people to actually want to celebrate an old lady's death. Poverty rates doubled, tripled over her tenure in office, and she was not a passive participant in that fall, she had a firm hand on that doomed rudder.
Remembering that this woman was a murderer and an enabler of murderers, apartheid, homelessness, and poverty is only acknowledging the truth. Thatcherism is still dominant in the UK and the mainstream left has been successfully marginalized. You only have to look to Blair's time in office and Clegg's lapdogging to see that. While I agree with many of my fellow leftists that Thatcher's death should primarily serve as a reminder to continue organizing against her style of destructive governance, forgive me for not giving a crap that some of my sisters and brothers in the UK, Argentina, Chile, etc. who have seen and been a part of the destructive legacy of this woman will actually pop a champagne cork in Trafalgar Square (or wherever they are) and let off some steam at her passing.
Mealy-mouthed dissembling. Many people suffered, but that is what happens in hard times when difficult decisions must be made.
The woman took a Britain on the verge of utter economic destruction after the Winter of Discontent, and put it back on top of the world within a decade. History will remember her as Britain's greatest peacetime Prime Minister.