Peter Golds: Thatcher will not be forgotten

By Jon Massey on April 18, 2013 11:44 AM |

By Peter Golds

aa-nov25-Golds142WEBBY.jpgFew democratic politicians define an era. Margaret Thatcher did.

From her entry into parliament she never lost any election in any capacity that she contested.

She was the longest serving British Prime Minister of the 20th century.

Like other greats such as Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the USA and Charles de Gaulle in France she was both idolised by supporters and reviled by some of her opponents.

That is the great thing about living in a democracy - we are free to react as we wish in relation to what our politicians and leaders do and no-one can stop us having any view that we like.

Margaret Thatcher was, as one would suspect, a complex person.

Firm and decisive when her mind was made up and a surprisingly pragmatic politician.

What no-one can remove is the extraordinary progress that she made to travel from a grocery shop in the east Midlands to political success in Finchley and then up through the ranks of the party to become its first female leader and then to worldwide fame.

She also transformed the Docklands by giving strong backing to the creation of Canary Wharf.

She is a leader who will be discussed and analysed long after most of her contemporaries are forgotten.

■ Peter Golds is Conservative councillor for Blackwall and Cubitt Town.