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Margaret Thatcher: Freedom Fighter‏

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So, the news that I* and millions of other admirers of the greatest British  Prime Minister since Churchill had long dreaded has finally come to pass. Let  there be no mistake about it, Margaret Thatcher was one of the greatest leaders  the world has ever known.
Faced with a Britain in a parlous state, where  defeatism and demoralisation held sway, Margaret Thatcher grabbed the nation by  the scruff of its neck and gave it back its self-belief. Decades of socialism  and growing state control had undermined not only this country’s economy, but  its belief that it had a future. Margaret Thatcher, championing the values that  had made Britain great, transformed this country and gave it back its self  belief.
After years of surrender to the over-mighty trades union barons, she stood  up to them, on behalf of the silent majority, and defeated even ‘King’ Arthur  Scargill himself. When that murdering, drunken tyrant Galtieri invaded the  Falkland Islands, she fought to regain what was rightfully ours, restoring pride  in Britain and her magnificent soldiers, sailors and airmen.
Margaret Thatcher championed ‘freedom under the law’, realising that a  successful society must be based on respect for the individual and for the  family. An early collection of her speeches, “Let Our Children Grow Tall”, said  it all about her determination to restore independence of mind and self-respect,   and grow tall is what a whole generation did. Many, though they benefited from  her revival of the British economy and her extension of ownership to countless  millions, will never see fit to thank the great Prime Minister who made their  own successes possible. That is for them and their conscience.

Maggie, as so many knew her, was, for me, the very definition of courage  – the embodiment of Britannia. I shall never forget seeing her, a small,   surprisingly frail figure,  outside 10 Downing Street on 4 May 1979 – Prime  Minister for the first time. That frail figure stood up to the IRA, the PLO,   the Soviet Empire, the EU and anybody else who threatened the freedom and  democracy she cherished. She made me – and millions of others proud, once again,   to be British.

On behalf of The Freedom Association, which upholds that ‘Freedom under the  law’ which she championed, I give thanks for the magnificent life of a true  fighter for freedom. She will always remain an inspiration to those of us who  value individual freedom and the independence of the United Kingdom.


* This is the letter written by Simon Richards, Director of The Freedom Association

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