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'And The Dust Goes to Dust' Margaret Thatcher is no more
'It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning,' Lord Tim Bell said. Margaret Hilda Thatcher was the longest-serving Prime Minister of United Kingdom of 20th century. No other woman did ever hold this post in England.

She ruled the British Life from 1979 to 1990. Her conservative politics gave birth to a new phenomenon ‘Thatcherism’ and world called her “Iron Lady.” She was born on October 13, 1925 in Grantham, England, the younger daughter of Alfred and Beatrice Roberts. Her father was a greengrocer.

Carlyle stated that "The history of the world is but the biography of great men", reflecting his belief that heroes shape history through both their personal attributes and divine inspiration. In his book ‘Fear and Trembling’ Kierkegaard says, "...to be able to fall down in such a way that the same second it looks as if one were standing and walking, to transform the leap of life into a walk, absolutely to express the sublime and the pedestrian -- that only these knights of faith can do -- this is the one and only prodigy." According to Tolstoy, the significance of great individuals is imaginary; as a matter of fact they are only ‘slaves of history’ realizing the decree of Providence.

Thatcher was a leader who acquired greatness through consistent efforts and struggle. Her father was a respected town leader, serving as lay-leader with their church, city-alderman and then as mayor. From her father she learned ‘never to do things because other people are doing them. Do what you think is right and persuade others to follow you.’

She studied at Oxford University from 1943 to 1947 and earned a degree in Chemistry. However, her proclivity was more for political chemistry than the chemistry of gases. It was clear from early on that politics was her true calling. She stood as a Conservative candidate from Dartford in the 1950 and 1951 elections. She married Denis Thatcher in December 1951. They had twin children, Mark Thatcher and Carol Thatcher. She practiced tax law for a time in the 1950s, but was elected to Parliament from Finchley in 1959.

Two years later, she was appointed to the cabinet as Minister of Pensions. In 1970, she was appointed Minister for Education and earned the title 'Thatcher the Milk Snatcher,' for eliminating free milk for schoolchildren in a round of budget-cutting. In general elections 1974, she had defeated Edward Heath for the leadership of the party; elected Prime Minister in May 1979 and served for eleven and a half years.

She was a staunch capitalist and almost wiped socialism from the face of Britain. She cut taxes, spending and regulations, privatized state-industries and state-housing, reformed the education, health and welfare systems. She was tough on crime and espoused traditional values. Her time in office was eventful, having to contend with an economic recession, inner-city riots and a miners' strike.

The Falklands War in 1982 was at the pinnacle of her success as she had sent British troops to reclaim British possessions off the coast of South America. Falklands  had been invaded and occupied by Argentina. The British won that war and it established once again that Britain was still a power to be reckoned with.

Her rule dawned an era of unprecedented economic prosperity. She was close to Ronald Regan and it was she who had persuaded President George Bush Senior to send troops to Saudi Arabia as Saddam Hussein captured Kuwait in 1990. The Poll Tax proved to be her Waterloo and her refusal to endorse a common currency for Europe led to her forced exit from her office. She left as Prime Minister in November 1990.

Since she left office, she was introduced to the House of Lords in 1992 as Baroness Thatcher. She travelled the world, touring the lecture circuit promoting her causes and is president of numerous organizations dedicated to her causes. In the last few years her health had suffered and she stopped lecturing in public.

She is no more but her contributions will be remembered for generations.

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