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Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Dies Aged 87

margaret thatcher Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Dies Aged 87

Margaret Thatcher, the former British Prime Minister, died today at the age of 87.

Nicknamed The Iron Lady, Thatcher was an icon in British politics. She was the first-ever female British Prime Minister when she was voted into office in 1979. She’ll be forever remembered for her tough stance against the unions as well as standing up for the British citizens on the Falklands, a set of remote islands in the south Atlantic Ocean that she went to war with Argentina over.

But in soccer circles, she will be remembered for her government’s clumsy attempts in the mid-to-late 1980′s to try to police the game such as an ID card initiative that was recommended by her government to weed out hooligans, which backfired.

Thatcher was an integral figure in the developments that happened after the Hillsborough Tragedy in 1989. She was fed lies by Merseyside Police that drunken fans caused the Hillsborough Disaster.

Thatcher died today after suffering a stroke.

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4 Responses to Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Dies Aged 87

  1. Cantona says:

    This will be a tricky moment of silence for today’s match

    Cantona—

  2. dust says:

    The Patron saint of clubbing passes away. Talk about a polarizing figure!

    Patron Saint of Clubbing?

    Thatcher banned outdoor assemblies and things like “raves” in the fields and woods of England, as a result the music had to go inside, into the clubs, if she hadn’t done that, if she hadn’t taken electronic music away from dreadlocked middle class kids dowsed in patchouli oil (otherwise known as “Crusties” in London) then the dance music scene wouldn’t be the multi billion dollar industry it is today! No Hacienda, or Ministry of sound, The End, IBIZA, Pete Tong all owe maggie for taking the music out of the fields and into the clubs.

    There was no way to gather and listen to acid house in the park or fields for free anymore, it had to go inside.

    Thanks Maggie

    • Jamie says:

      Not quite.

      (from wiki) When Margaret Thatcher’s policies in the late 70′s lead to the closure of the UK’s textile industry in the northwest, suddenly large mills and warehouses became empty and unauthorized parties were held in them. The first warehouse parties in Manchester were organized by the group The Stone Roses back in 1985, when to get around the licensing laws they would play a gig and book a line up of DJs under the disused arches of Piccadilly train station.

      Thus, open air and empty building raves (like the Hacienda) coexisted, and the open air rave wasn’t illegal until the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 (Sections 63, 64 & 65 of the Act targeted electronic dance music played at raves) that was passed in May 1992 under John Major’s term.

      So while you’re facts aren’t wholly correct, Thatcher’s terrible politics did give us two or three generations of angry kids who created unbelievable music in response. So I’ll agree there.

      Costello finally gets to tramp the dirt down.

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