Baroness Thatcher, who has died aged 87 from a stroke, was not only Britain’s first woman Prime Minister, she was also the outstanding peacetime leader of the 20th century.
For more than a decade Margaret Thatcher enjoyed almost unchallenged political mastery, winning three successive general elections. The policies she pursued with ferocious energy and unyielding will resulted in a transformation of Britain’s economic performance
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The above is a quote from the UK newspaper The Telegraph.
The Evacuation Grounds site tries to have a lower key political focus, usually on the main this site's focus on what is occurring in regional and rural Australia; but I think we can make an exception for this world leader who achieved so much.
The Telegraph has a very comprehensive obituary which they have broken down into sections and provided links to each one.
Margaret Thatcher's obituary in full
1. Early life
2. Entering politics
3. Life in the shadow cabinet
4. The rise to leader
5. From Opposition to Government
6. War on the Left and in the Falklands
7. The miners’ strike and her second term
8. Third term in office
9. Ousted from Downing Street and the leadership
10. Life after politics
The Washington Post has published an interesting read Five myths about Margaret Thatcher
"Britain in the early 1970s was decayed, ungovernable and globally irrelevant, done in by the cumulative effect of postwar socialist reforms. Margaret Thatcher, who came to power as the nation’s first female prime minister in 1979, returned Britain to the realm of the great powers. Worshiped, feted, loathed and mocked, she is one of the most controversial figures of the 20th century. And now Thatcher, as interpreted by Meryl Streep, will be coming to a theater near you in the movie “The Iron Lady,”opening Dec. 30.
But even those most sympathetic to her tend to misunderstand her personality, her governing style and her accomplishments. Let’s examine these misconceptions."
And finally from reason.com, How Margaret Thatcher Brought Economic Freedom to Britain.
This article contains many links and I'll leave you with this quote which tries to answer why the Iron Lady achieved all that she did.
"How did she do it? There are all sorts of possible explanations, including the fact that Britain in the late 1970s, like America, had sunk to such a sorry state that there was a market for solutions that were alternatives to the big-government conventional wisdom. But the point that seems most salient from this distance is Thatcher’s steadfast confidence in the basic principles behind her policies. It was, as she put it in her “Iron Lady” speech, “my defense of values and freedoms fundamental to our way of life.”"