Is Margaret Thatcher dead? Yes, but not THAT Margaret Thatcher…

Rumours have been spreading overnight that Margaret Thatcher has died. And the rumours are kind of half true, because a Margaret Thatcher did indeed die on Friday. But not the Margaret Thatcher.

While the former British prime minister is alive and well, a woman named Margaret Thatcher died in a car crash in Oregon. 61-year-old Margaret Thatcher of Portland was struck as she crossed a road in the Southeast Portland street area at around 8pm on Friday night.

The former British PM, meanwhile, is now 86 years old and largely retired from public life. There are regular rumours that she has died, and stories that she isn’t in the best of health. But she hasn’t been run over on a street in Oregon. Different Thatcher.

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12 thoughts on “Is Margaret Thatcher dead? Yes, but not THAT Margaret Thatcher…

  1. This is almost funny! We need another day of in mourning sorry celebration sorry mourning. RIP Margaret Thatcher or Oregon.

    Posted by Emmanuel Hemmings | November 26, 2011, 11:23 am
  2. Shame. There’s going to be some parties here in the U.K when that bitch goes! Find out if the old witch is still stealing oxygen from the rest of us at and join the rest of us on a day that’ll go down in history.

    Posted by cockneyreject | November 26, 2011, 12:07 pm
  3. Just wishful thinking then..

    Posted by Gabrielle | November 26, 2011, 12:24 pm
  4. Bugger. Oh well, the wait goes on…

    Posted by Tom | November 26, 2011, 2:19 pm
  5. Actually the title made me click. But now after reading the post I am sad ……

    Posted by Manoj | November 27, 2011, 2:30 am
  6. Margaret Thatcher kept the UK out of the Euro – so for that we ought to be grateful. Otherwise the UK would be paying for the Greek (and Italian, Spanish, and Portugese) fiascos. At the time she was ridiculed, but it proved to be a smart policy.

    Under Margaret Thatcher 1 million people became home owners. The economy of Britain vastly improved and all the lay-abouts and near-do-wells complained because she wasn’t bankrupting Britain so that the could continue to sponge off those who work for a living (aka taxpayers). After Winston Churchill she was the best Prime Minister the UK had in the 20th century.

    Anyone who criticizes her is clearly ignorant of history and economics, and probably a Labour Party hack. If you start to study these things, and the history of her tenure at number 10, you will, if you are honest with yourself come to realize how great she really was. Think for yourself – don’t let this website, or your friends, or what is fashionable determine your thinking.

    Posted by Susan Benton | December 20, 2011, 6:42 pm
    • You have been watching the wrong movie…

      Posted by Roy Del Mundo | December 21, 2011, 3:05 pm
    • ‘probably a Labour Party hack.’

      Couldnt be farther from the truth mate. Most of the people I know who look forward to her kicking the bucket are not labour supporters, not even close. As for all the other points, she fucked a lot of people while in power. You wont find any sympathy for her near where I live (Hull).

      Posted by Tom McKee | December 21, 2011, 4:12 pm
      • What would people in Hull know anyaway ,there all f/wits maggie was the best pm uk had,she broke the unions, and people could aford to buy there own homes, Hull dont you mean Fucking Hull !!

        Posted by fred smith | January 28, 2012, 6:49 am
    • You are kidding? Are you 12 or what. I lived through the whole sorry phase of her “premiership” and it is beyond doubt the worst period in the UK’s history.

      You study the history and look at the damage the bitch did. Never mind making her rich friends richer through cutting tax; supporting rotten dictatorships abroad etc fucking etc.

      Posted by ATT | December 21, 2011, 5:09 pm
    • You don’t know what would have happened if Thatcher didn’t keep the UK out of the Euro so you can not possibly make the claim that that policy decision was smarter than a decision to join the Euro, only that the consequences from the decision that was made were not negative.

      Following on in a similar vein, everything else you’ve said is either fallacious or asserted without evidence. By framing the debate on benefits as a choice between “bankrupting Britain” and not doing so in addition to branding users and, as such, advocates of the benefit system as “lay-abouts, near-do-wells and spongers”, you are poisoning the well, presenting a false dilemma and using an ad-hominim attack in order to lend credence to your position.

      Furthermore, you do pretty much the same thing in your third paragraph by saying both that anybody who criticises her (and, by extension, your views regarding her politics) is “clearly ignorant of history and economics” as well as being a “Labour Party hack”. Your first statement is a No True Scotsman fallacy as you are saying that if you criticise Thatcher, you are necessarily ignorant of history and economics which leads to the conclusion that nobody who is not ignorant of history and economics can possibly have criticisms of Thatcher; that assertion is all too easy to disprove. Your second statement is another ad-hominim attack.

      As for honesty and thinking for myself, the conclusions I come to are based on the information I have available. The conclusion that I have come to as regards Thatcher is that she was, insofar as the role of the PM is to run the country in such a way that the standard of living for its citizens is improved, a horrendous Prime Minister. It seems to me that your views on her ability to lead are very much based on your societal prejudices as you are willing to disregard any suffering that was caused during her tenure to “lay-abouts, spongers and near-do-wells” as you refuse to accept that Thatcher had anything to do with their joblessness, instead sticking with the comforting paradigm that unemployment vs employment is always a choice. In short, I would urge you to re-examine the evidence at hand because your support for Thatcher appears to be the result of a great deal of confirmation bias.

      Posted by Ronan Egerton | December 22, 2011, 3:18 pm

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