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“I’m sure she will be remembered in the context of other great men like Winston Churchill. She made a real difference to the way we live our lives,” Bell said.
The British government said Thatcher would have a ceremonial funeral with military honours at London’s St Paul’s Cathedral, which falls short of a full state funeral, in accordance with the wishes of her family.
‘THE LADY’S NOT FOR TURNING’
The abiding images of her premiership will remain those of conflict: huge police confrontations with the miners’ union, her riding a tank in a white headscarf, and flames rising above Trafalgar Square in the riots over an unpopular local tax which ultimately led to her downfall.
“It’s very sad to hear of her death but her legacy and death are two different things. Politically, she did not leave a good legacy for the working class,” Kevin Robertson, a 39-year-old garage manager, told Reuters in Edinburgh.
To those who opposed her she was blunt to a degree. “The lady’s not for turning”, she once famously informed members of her own Conservative Party who were urging her to moderate her policies.
Others who crossed her path, particularly in Europe, were subjected to withering diatribes often referred to as “handbaggings”, named after the black leather bag she invariably carried.
Queen Elizabeth said she was sad to hear the news of Thatcher’s death and sent a message of sympathy to her family.
“Her memory will live long after the world has forgotten the grey suits of today’s politics,” said London Mayor Boris Johnson.