The first and only female British Prime Minister, she was an iconic stateswoman and a key figurehead in British politics. The impact of Baroness Thatcher cannot be understated. A controversial figure, she held the post of Prime Minister for 11 years from 1979-90, after winning three consecutive general elections.
The Conservative politician, known as the ‘Iron Lady’, has been championed and vilified in equal measure. During her time in power, she was instrumental in the West’s victory in the Cold War. However, her trade union reforms infamously led to nationwide strikes and an ongoing battle with militant trade unionists, seeing her gain as many enemies as she had supporters.
Nonetheless, Thatcher’s reputation as a formidable and impressive leader of Britain is entirely deserved. Whether for better or worse, the legacy of her time in power still impacts the lives of all Britons today: David Cameron has stated “It was with great sadness that l learned of Lady Thatcher’s death. We’ve lost a great leader, a great prime minister and a great Briton”
Many films and books have explored the life and politics of Baroness Thatcher, and can help to further elucidate her importance as a political figurehead.
Margaret Thatcher in Her Own Words (Margaret Thatcher)
The Iron Lady: Margaret Thatcher: Grocer’s Daughter to Iron Lady (John Campbell)
Iron Lady: The Thatcher Years (Andrew John)
The Enemy Within: The Secret War Against the Miners (Seumas Milne)
The Falklands War Then and Now (Gordon Ramsey)
The Falklands War 1982 (Duncan Anderson)
Rise and Fall of Margaret Thatcher: The Collection (Niall MacCormick, James Kent)
The Iron Lady (Phyllida Lloyd)