It was, by any measure, the most remarkable career of any woman operating in British politics in the 20th century. That she was the first female prime minister is enough to guarantee her a place in history. But she went far further, and will be remembered as a prime minister whose astonishingly bold reforms fundamentally changed British society. Like it or not, we are all living in her shadow.
That includes the current generation of politicians which followed Thatcher into Westminster. The tributes are flooding in this afternoon. From her allies they are overwhelmingly partisan in their loyalty. From her enemies the studied politeness is excruciating. Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg have praised her radicalism and the boldness with which she remade Britain. There is a lot of attention paid to these tributes because everyone is watching carefully to see if any signs of inappropriate glee emerge. The strength of feeling against her means, whether politically acceptable or not, many will beRead More »from Margaret Thatcher: A towering heavyweight puts our current leaders in the shade