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"No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he'd only had good intentions; he had the majority of voting shares as well" - Motivational poster at Bong Ventures London HQ. I am dictating this sotto voce from the nerve centre of Operation True Blue at an undisclosed location in Whitehall STOP My assistant มาลัย (which means ' …

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Ayn Rand!

Philosophy aside, her writing style is stilted and turgid.

Writing style aside, the only time I've seen her philosophy put to good effect was in Bioshock.

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Seen elsewhere

"Is Thatcher being cremated? If she is it's at least one confirmed Ashes win for England this summer."

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30 years and stil bitter lol

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Incidentally the titans of the civil service "planning" wanted to discourage all this mucking about with "toy" computers. They wanted British industry to concentrate on the main frame market where all real computing is done.

There is a hilarious minute of a meeting that was published a while back about how Maggie et al didn't understand that home use of computers was pointless fad that would obviously never go anywhere and that companies needed to be "redirected" in the "national interest"

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"30 years and stil bitter lol"

from someone 30 years old and doesn't have a clue perhaps?

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All this week I've been wondering how many of the vocal anti-Thatcherites who've popped up are actually old enough to know what pre-Thatcher Britain was like. It was crappy, and getting crappier every year. But don't let that mute your right-on rhetoric - maybe crappy is what you like.

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I'm old enough

And I'm glad to see the back of the old bitch.

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Me too, how I long for the days of blackouts, 3-day weeks, perpetual strikes, rubbish piled up on the streets and waiting up to a year to have something simple as a telephone installed in my home.

Thatch put an end to all that, Bitch indeed.

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Re: I'm old enough

I rather enjoyed the three-day week.

About the right duration, I'd say.

Thatch put an end to all that, Bitch indeed.

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Couldn't agree more. The three day week - introduced in the United Kingdom by the Conservative Government 1970–1974 (Heath) to conserve electricity.

How I miss those heady days of miners and printworkers being coshed to the ground by baton-wielding police on horseback. Of every junction being overrun with "squeegees" and every park and underpass crammed with beggars and the homeless.

How I loved still having a job at a time of our highest ever unemployment, 15% interest rates and 21.7% inflation.

How I rejoiced at the American nuclear missile bases in our green-and-pleasant. How I applauded the sheilds of truth and swords of honour of those righteous members gallantly upholding all we revere as true - Parkinson, Clarke, Archer, Aitken, Major and Currie et al.

How I gagged as Gummer shoved BSE infected burgers down the throats of his own children.

Etc etc blah blah blah.

So, New Labour were little better, and things are even worse now, and things can always get worse, or better, YMMV. They all suck.

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"Next Wednesday the nation will pay tribute to the greatest living Prime Minister, Baroness Thatcher"

W O W, way to represent the minority!

We all know what we think of those that shout the loudest.

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Really?

I think my issue with that statement is that she is not the greatest living Prime Minister, for the simple reason she is dead, pretty sure it was on the news and everything…

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Minority?

Even the Guardian's "What do you think of Maggie" poll came out with 51% in favour of her. All the other polls I've seen have rated her as by far the most popular post-war prime minister. The 'minority' here are the ones who hated her. Numbers is as numbers does.

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51% to 49% is hardly a sweeping victory

It's actually almost the most divisive you can possibly be.

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Re: 51% to 49% is hardly a sweeping victory

@AC: "It's actually almost the most divisive you can possibly be"

Yes, she splits the Guardian readership right down the middle. But they hardly represent the median of the political spectrum, do they?

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Re: 51% to 49% is hardly a sweeping victory

whats really odd is that more than half the gurdians readership are in favour of thatcher. i thought they were all lefty hippy socialist types?

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Re: Guardian?

It was probably a misprint

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Re: 51% to 49% is hardly a sweeping victory

Yes, she splits the Guardian readership right down the middle. But they hardly represent the median of the political spectrum, do they?

Ever since the right wing rags started putting up paywalls the Guardian readership demographic has changed. The comment areas are now flooded with Tory trolls. That's capitalism for you. Oh, how I lol'd

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Re: 51% to 49% is hardly a sweeping victory

Thatcher was a lefty.

Just compare her policies with the subsequent labour government - completely indistiguishable

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Re: 51% to 49% is hardly a sweeping victory

It wasn't 51 to 49, it was 51/37/12 don't knows.

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Re: 51% to 49% is hardly a sweeping victory

In America, that would be considered a "mandate by the people".

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Re: Minority?

Guardian, is that still going? Who reads the papers these days?

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Re: 51% to 49% is hardly a sweeping victory

You're lucky. Cameron only got 36.1% of the popular vote but still thinks he has a mandate.

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There's no such thing as social-media

Surely?

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WTF?

How fitting. Bong rhymes with Dong ...

as in Ding Dong ..., the Bag Lady's signature tune.

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Pure Crap

"My story is similar to millions of other working-class lads in the 1980s,"

" I was sent to tough schools in Geneva, Zurich and upstate New York."

This does not compute.... Working class hero goes to school in Geneva and Zurich.

Yeah like fuck.

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^ Irony bypass.

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Yep - you can tell a Thatcher supporter - they were the few that weren't thrown on the scrapheap. Things didn't get better for them but out of the corner of their eye they could see how crap they could have got for thinking she might be wrong.

Things were so shit in the seventies - we had the 3 day week but as someone straight out of school I could get on my bike and get a job, a few years later we were laughingly told to do that when there were 3.5Million official unemployed. I wonder how much wealth they would have created if they had been working.

I was lucky - I had a good education and went to Uni and got a job creating 21stC technology for BT. We made 9.6Gb fibre optic parts at the end of the 80's until privatisation closed us down.

I am so grateful to learn that Mrs T is responsible for the amazing BT that may provide us, if we're lucky in the next ten years, with the technology that it had 25 years ago before privatisation fucked it up.

I may only have another 20 years to live but I hope in that time it becomes more obvious to enough people that monetarism creates nothing but big shiny bell end shaped pockets of old wealth that look good to the myopic but its technological development and production that provides the real wealth that will benefit us all so that we can spend some time with our kids at the end of the working day like we did in the shit old 70's before it got 'better'.

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Left school in the early eighties...

Went to a college so underfunded parts of the buildings were taped off. No jobs, only schemes. Apprenticeships that paid a pittance and offered only redundancy at the end. Worked for my dad until boom-bust closed his business too. Several low paid, short term or part time jobs followed in between being unable to claim the dole due to 'benefit regulations' . Twenty years of scraping by before I got a career. Yeah. Thatcher's policies certainly got the economy working for me, Like fuck.

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Re: Left school in the early eighties...

Have you considered the fact that you were just plain thick?

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Last respects have all been paid

So from now on if you can't say anything good about Thatcher, feel free to continue. But, only if.

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