“Still trying to forget her" - Star readers gave their views on the discussed 'Margaret Thatcher Day'

As Conservative MPs pushed for a day to honour their former leader, the equalities minister Kemi Badenoch shared her "personal" endorsement in support of the idea in the Commons on Wednesday after she was quizzed by MPs.

Friday, 1st April 2022, 4:56 pm
Updated Friday, 1st April 2022, 5:02 pm

Naturally, we had to ask our readers what they thought about such an idea. Here are a selection of their comments on the topic:

Mel Machin did not mince his words, “No. There are far better things to celebrate rather than a person who was deposed by her own party.”

Jean Carol Uttley responded with a very curt, “Absolutely not!!!”

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1984: British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher speaking her mind. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Peter Ealey was equally unimpressed, replying, “Maggie's army, the 3,000,000 unemployed she created are going to rush to celebrate, NOT!”

Nurseowl Bower responded saying, “No. She set the foundations of the misery we are facing today. Privatisation, crippling the unions and beginning the process of malnourished children. Celebrate her death, but not her life”

“No, no, no, she destroyed jobs, communities, together with the mining and steel industries, she is best forgotten.”

Eliza Barberis was absolutely not in favour, at all, “In a still proud Mining and Steel City, why is this even relevant to us!? You could try. Or you could split the costs between the homeless, those in poorly maintained council homes and fire risk properties...”

Kevin Eason pointed out that “The Conservatives are still living on the proceeds of her policies 30 year’s later, at the cost of every working persons expense.”

Bryan J Bagley made his views very clear, “No, no, no, she destroyed jobs, communities, together with mining a and steel industries, she is best forgotten.”

Vivienne Johnson joined in amongst those who were not in support, “NO. Not ever. How can anyone even think about it... we've never had a Winston Churchill day and he did a lot more for Britain IMO”

And, Jane Foster on Twitter said, “Only if it involved targets and custard pies.”

Vicky Gowthorpe replied saying, “God, no, not after she closed all the pits and damaged the industries.”

Mrs Norm Booker was “Still trying to forget her. "NO WAY"

“Who is the nincompoop who thought of this?”

Some people were either in support or could be swayed by the idea.

David C Marper replied with, “Yes. Best PM since Winston Churchill.”

Phil Dimelow responded on Twitter, saying, “100% yes!!”

And, Pat Holden said, “Yes, I would.”

Malcolm Wood added, “Well, I can't stand her BUT if they gave me a day extra off work I'd take it. Won't cut my nose off to spite my face.”

Craig Denial said, “No.. but if we get the day off work, yes! *fetches bunting*”

A few readers were baffled it was even a discussion point. Ian Berrisford said, “Who is the nincompoop who thought of this?”

Some of the responses were less cordial and far more cutting, case in point being Mick Oldfield, who said that it was a “Total waste of time and money, the witch is dead."

Eugene Solomon as is his thing responded with a very firm, “FOAD. Oh, she did. Travesty.” We assume he meant “foolish optimism and defunct”.

Cornelia Jane Hoades added, “Run in conjunction with November the 5th, yeah why not.”

“Total waste of time and money"

A take shared by David Rayner, who added, “What, you mean like bonfire night when we burn her?”

Effigies seemed to be a theme, Annie on Twitter said, “Only if we can have bonfires and burn her effigy.”

Richard North was equally as scathing, “That old bag did as much for GB as Adolf Hitler!”

Leelewie on Twitter said, “Yes! And we should celebrate it by burning pictures of her and remembering the destruction and pain she caused our communities (especially in South Yorkshire).” A view that another Twitter user Riktking roundly praised as being deserving of an award.

Ian Topley commented, “As long as they make it a bank holiday, that creature had a lot of people sat at home unable to work.”

Despite the opinions of some Conservatives and a few commentors, it is fairly clear that it’s a well-rounded ‘No’ from the region.

Best left forgotten seems to be a recurring view.

Probably for the best.