May. 7th, 2010

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Every time someone talks about how terrible Margaret Thatcher was I feel a little bit sad because I kind of like her. But it never really occurred to me until very recently to work out why I kind of like her.

It's not that she (maybe) wrote Yes Minister fanfic (spoiler: it's not actually very good) because I only discovered that a year or so ago and I kind of liked her well before then.

It's not that I'm a fan of her policies or of anything she did because honestly I wouldn't have the slightest clue about any of this stuff. In fact from what I glean I suspect I'd be a complete anti-fan, which is part of what makes me a little bit sad.

It might be a little bit because she was the first female UK prime minister and that was pretty awesome.

But, after much thought, I think it's mostly because of a cartoon which I think was published in the local Press when I was... hmm, it was probably her 1987 re-election so I'd have been going on 10. It depicted Thatcher dressed in the stereotypical dominatrix leathers, cracking a whip over the bleeding backs of a crowd begging "More!"

And that image has kinda stuck with me. And I've always kind of liked her for it.

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