Six In The Morning: Margaret Thatcher Is Dead, Dead, Dead

6-in-the-morning1 SEE ABOVE Here’s the BBC, some more BBC, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Canadian Press and the Guardian, and more Guardian, and more Guardian and still MORE Guardian. Oh, and here are a couple of articles on Margaret Thatcher and feminism. And here’s the CBC story, which has this key factoid: “Once in office Thatcher slashed the tax rates for the wealthiest Britons, increased the value-added tax (VAT), reduced government subsidies and began to sell off state-owned enterprises and public housing. The number of unemployed quickly doubled.”

2 ONE OUT OF FOUR CANADIAN NURSES SAY YOU SHOULDN’T GO TO THEIR HOSPITAL IF YOU’RE SICK Yikes.

3 AND ANOTHER ROOF DOWN AND ANOTHER ROOF DOWN; ANOTHER ROOF BITES THE DUST Another Regina business’ roof collapses due to snow. The business is a pawn shop. Maybe landlords should maintain their buildings eh?

4 NEW HOSPITAL CONSTRUCTION DELAYED IN NORTH BATTLEFORD Read all about it.

5 “TECHNICALLY SPEAKING WE’RE NOT HIRING FOREIGN WORKERS TO REPLACE OUR OWN. THE FOREIGN WORKERS IN QUESTION AREN’T OUR EMPLOYEES. THEY’RE EMPLOYED BY A COMPANY WE’VE CONTRACTED WORK OUT TO SO THAT OUR PROFITS SHALL BE EVEN GREATER. PLEASE STOP BEING MAD AT US NOW.” Good luck with that one, Royal Bank of Canada.

6 FEDERAL BUDGET CUTS BENEFIT GOVERNMENT SECRECY Gee, laying off close to 20,000 civil servants makes it harder for Canadians to learn about their government. Well that’s not a heap of self-interested Conservative malarkey, nooo.

BONUS: MORE PROBLEMS WITH OUR CRAPPY WEATHER It’s bad for teh kittehs!  Also, this is nuts. The normal high/low is 10°C/-4°C but today’s forecast is -7 °C/-18 °C.

A SONG ABOUT ENGLAND Pinched from this Guardian piece about songs about Margaret Thatcher. Enjoy.

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth will never, ever pass up a chance to make a Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo pun.

8 thoughts on “Six In The Morning: Margaret Thatcher Is Dead, Dead, Dead”

  1. Two famous women died today. One brought happiness and joy to a generation of children and young people around the world, the other was Margret Thatcher.

  2. Did you see those final pictures of Annette Funicello? Death, as much as we fear and hate it, can be a relief.

  3. Brian: Baroness Thatcher passed away at the age of 87 from what appears to have been an acute cerebrovascular accident. She had survived previous strokes in 2002 and enjoyed good health for 11 years thereafter. Although diagnosed with dementia in 2008 she nonetheless had access to the best medical care and the support of her children. Although it would be petty to to rank the “sadness” of deaths, most of us would be lucky to leave the world this way. The ten people killed during the miner’s strike and the more than 500 killed during the Falkland’s “war” spring to mind, not to mention the uncounted number of people who saw their lives cut short after being made homeless during her stay in office.

    Mrs. Thatcher prided herself on the “Iron Lady” moniker, an allusion to the “Iron Maiden” torture device*. She also prided herself on refusing to bend to public opinion or allow herself to be swayed to make more popular decisions. She certainly would would agree that unlike Annette Funicello she did not set out to make people happy. As someone who objected to giving others rewards they did not earn, the baroness would undoubtedly protest at being undeservedly admired for bringing joy. She has earned whatever feelings she evokes, and as such we should not intervene by taking from her anything she deserves, whether it be be praise or condemnation.

    Also, Annette was a Mouseketeer, Thatcher was a milk snatcher.

    * The band Iron Maiden was founded on Christmas day 1975, I have no evidence that would permit me to conclude that Mrs. Thatcher was or was not a fan.

  4. 1) JM Mck – You didn’t mention out of the 10 killed – 3 of them were children scavenging for coal for heat. And how many civilian deaths were there from people being deprived from lack of coal to heat their homes due to shortage of coal because of the 1984-85 strike?
    Dan J – You are more than welcome to test the electric chair first. I liked the Spitting Image puppets in that video link. They were hiliarious with their Reagan, Royal Family and Thatcher puppets.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqJg1asnciI
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4-tZqYzh84
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TFx9u1t1LY

    Considering that Margaret Thatcher lived both through the tough times of the 30’s depression and WW2, it was no wonder she was dubbed the Iron Lady. When you have a country with a 30% inflation, lagging economy, dealing with IRA and Cold War at the time, it took a strong will to lead and make changes popular or not.

    2) A survey of 25% nurses say not to come when people are sick? Yet they go there for work?

    3) Too much snow on top of many structures.

    4) The link can’t be found….maybe this one?
    http://www.thestarphoenix.com/health/Sask+hospital+plans+delayed/8209303/story.html

    5) Who else isn’t already doing this?

    Kitties and late spring?

  5. mb:

    #1: The name “Iron Lady” was coined by a soviet military journalist in 1975. The three children killed during the miner’s strike were children of striking miners. They were scavenging coal because their families could not afford fuel to heat their homes. Pinochet and Hussein were also strong willed unpopular leaders — and pals with Mrs. Thatcher.

    As to #5: Credit unions, a majority of businesses in provinces that are not CPC strongholds, people who obey the spirit as well as the letter of Canadian laws, and pretty much anyone — immigrant or not — who gives a crap about other Canadians and the plight of exploited migrant workers. Oh wait, you worship Thatcher. Never mind.

  6. JM MCK – Yes, I’m aware of the Iron Lady moniker from a soviet Journalist. It suited her. Thanks for the reminder. Thanks for explaining about the 3 kids.
    I’ve always wondered why the Cold War brought together strange allies of both dictarships and democratic. And after the cold war era ended, they all became enemies.

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