I have had many thoughts over the milk-snatcher’s death and have tried hard to control the hatred I once felt for her over the savage destruction not just of the mining industry but of the tight-knit communities and their people also destroyed as part of their punishment for opposing the Tories and bringing them down. I lived through these times and was deeply involved in the struggle and it is hard to forgive.
But being older, and definitely no wiser, and having attended a funeral of a good person on Saturday I have tried to see her not as the cruel and very damaged piece of work that she undoubtedly was, but as just another human being with all her frailties who has reached the end of the road. Not that I have any criticism for those who have celebrated her passing – after all the Establishment will celebrate it in a slightly different way at her State Funeral.
But then I saw last night that she no longer lived in her London home but had moved to a hotel room nearby as she was very much alone in her latter days. Somehow it seems a fitting epitaph for the woman who tried to destroy the whole concept of ‘society’ and who certainly damaged it in large swathes of the UK and even in far-flung countries. At the end of the day the lowly-paid people who will never be part of Cameron’s ‘Big Society’ were the ones she was entrusted to and I feel sure were compassionate in their treatment of her.
As to the Falklands – anyone with a crumb of intelligence knows that this could have been dealt with through diplomacy but she needed a ‘good’ war to ensure electoral survival. Many brave soldiers, from both sides, lost their lives far from home in a war that should never have happened.
I simplisticly used to think way back then that it would be cheaper to relocate everyone from the Falklands back in the wild areas of the UK and fully support them financially to pursue the kind of lifestyle they appear to desire. A Highland Clearance in reverse so to speak.
But silly me – way back then I knew nothing about the oil reserves around the Falklands; hadn’t realised that we might one day have to rely on their teeming fish-stocks; and also the geographic importance of the islands for the inevitable despoilation of Antarctica for its mineral resources once the ice has receded a bit further.
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