I have just come back from the cinema, where I saw 'Iron Lady.' I'm not exactly a fan of the politics of Baroness Thatcher, but nevertheless found myself being very moved by the film, and now see her in a different light. I realise it is only a film but I think it will greatly improve her image. I haven't been that gripped by a film in years.
I don't know your age, Muldania, but having lived through the Thatcher years it would take more than a piece of fiction (if she's painted in a flattering light then it must be fiction) it would take a frontal labotomy.
It is the portrayal of her now, as a lonely frail woman in her late 80s, who is confused and spends her days talking to the ghost of her husband, and who desperately wants to see her son and grandchildren who are too busy to see her, that I found moving. To go from such a position of high power, to being forgotten by family and the world, and stll grieving for her husband. It was very sad, and there were several people in tears in the cinema.
Haven't seen the movie yet but I'm sure it won't change my opinion. She was hard-right, militaristic and divisive for the country. Also as we have seen now, and which was predicted, her economic policies were ultimately disastrous for the economy
I imagine MS's performance is outstanding, she's an outstanding actress, in my humble opinion. Margaret Thatcher on the other hand, imposed irreparable damage on this country. (I'm old enough to remember, which makes me feel quite senile)
Yes, I did wonder if it had been run by the Thatcher family beforehand. However, the fact that it does portray her in a sympathetic light, will probably be seen as a positive in securing her a more favourable legacy.
It could be argued that Thatcher was good for Scotland in the long-term. It was the fact that she introduced the poll tax first in Scotland, and the fact that Scotland was governed by a Conservative government in Westminster, even though the Conservatives were almost non-existent in Scotland, that led to Scottish demands for their own parliament. Had she been more sympathetic to the needs of Scotland, there may not be a Scottish government now.
I refer in particular to the recent death of Margaret Thatcher in the UK. I come from a mining community in Scotland and heartily disliked the woman and still dislike her. There are many who do have reason to see...