Liberty has lost a great champion this day

Lady Thatcher, like Reagan, had a profound effect on my development politically, as an activist for liberty, the free market and as a metal/hard rock critic (and songwriter). I wonder how many people can say that?

by Andrew Ian Dodge on 9 April 2013 14:07

I had been dreading yesterday for quite a while. It is always hard to realise that someone for whom you have respect, admiration and fondness is no more. While there will no doubt be tributes (and diatribes) aplenty about Lady Thatcher and her legacy, I would like to take another path.

I managed to meet the great lady at a Conservative event in London. She chatted to me for quite a while considering how many others wanted a word. I had the honour of introducing my late father to the great Lady. My father admired Lady Thatcher as much as I did.

I did not have a picture taken with her because getting shots like that was never my thing. There may be one kicking around in someone’s picture archives. That said, I never had pictures taken with any of the hard rock and metal stars I have interviewed over the years either. I am just not a picture guy.

Now as you might imagine as a libertarian and political observer I could take issue with several of the things that Lady Thatcher did (and I have done so). But the mindset that was changed under Reagan and Thatcher made it possible for libertarian ideas to have a greater impact. The defeat of old style socialism and the Soviet Union allowed the West to strive for greater things. Alas, our current muppets in power and in leadership on both sides of the pond are frittering away those advances year on year.

I find it ironic that Thatcher is now being quoted as often as Reagan is, by American tea party types. Some of her statements about socialism and big government that were ignored by right-of-centre Americans at the time (who believed it could not happen here) are being wheeled out now. 

Some are even noting that there were times that Thatcher gave Reagan a nudge to do the right thing, even against some of his advisors’ nagging. Sadly, I doubt we shall see her type again because the circumstances of her political and personal development will never be replicated. She was as much “of her time” as Reagan was.

Lady Thatcher, like Reagan, had a profound effect on my development politically, as an activist for liberty, the free market and as a metal/hard rock critic (and songwriter). I wonder how many people can say that?

I shall, like many other friends, be raising a glass and proposing a toast in her memory. Liberty has lost a great champion this day.  

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