As a young man growing up in the ’70s, I was confused and bewildered by the political situation, but too young to vote, even if I was interested enough to do so.
The truth is, I, like many others, felt powerless to do anything other than watch our country disintegrate. This all changed when Margaret Thatcher came to power. The first time I was eligible to vote was in the 1979 general election, and it was her leadership of the Conservative party and her awe-inspiring persona that moved me to cast my vote for her. I followed her progress with much enthusiasm and am saddened to hear of her passing. She quite literally dragged this country into the modern age from what often seemed like feudalism, with union barons and politicians at each other’s throats while the country went to blazes.
She made the tough decisions that have seen her vilified by those who suffered, but she never shrank from what she considered, sadly, had to be done. Surely a role model for leaders of the future. RIP, Mrs T.
Kirk Lincoln Dickenson