As a kid growing up in the early 1980s under Ronnie's morning in America (which was the result of a hell of night of partying, resulting in a long morning hangover), I was very interested in learning more about world events, history and such.
There was a while there, around the age of 15 or so, that I started writing a series of spy novels that spanned the globe. And one of my favorite places was the UK. I eventually went there in the early 1990s, well after the rule of PM Thatcher, but the effects of her rule were still felt, and people you met still held strong opinions of her. One way or another.
I must admit that my view on her were a bit skewed. You see, as a teen, and into adulthood, I read comic books. In the early 1980s a Brittish Invasion of writers and artists came to fame and acclaim in the US. Grant Morrison, Brian Bolland, Dave McKean, John Wagner, and Alan Moore were among the most notable. And all of them were writing and drawing things that were a bit more grown up and sometimes even political.
Alan Moore was the one I knew the most of, and he is Godfather of that style of storytelling with his series THE WATCHMEN (made into a movie in 2009) and V FOR VENDETTA (made into a movie in 2006). The great thing about Moore was his unabashed politcal views (and his eccentric nature). He was pretty leftist, and his V FOR VENDETTA was very specifically written as a reaction to Margaret Thatcher being the Prime Minister. The tale of doom and gloom in a not-to-distant future, ruled by corrupt Corporations, and an even more corrupt Government, was his response to what he felt was coming to the UK as a result of Thatcher's rule.
It is a bit humorous to look back now, but at the time, he was quite upset and forecasting doom for his beloved country under the hard right leanings of the Iron Lady.
In the mid-1980s, the UK's "Spitting Image" Puppets lampooned Thatcher on the TV in the UK, and we got a taste of it here when they made the music video for Genesis's "Land of Confusion." She was also included as a character in several films, including at least one of the Roger Moore James Bond films (the best one, in my opinion, which was "For Your Eyes Only") and, if memory serves, she was in one of the Nake Gun movies too.
Most people now know of her thanks to Meryl Streep's Oscar winning portrayl of Thatcher in 2010's "The Iron Lady."
Like her or not, she usehed in a whole new era in the UK, and, ironically enough, set up a template for later women of power to rise in stature, such as Hillary Clinton. Thatcher was a trailblazer in that she was able to put herself on the same footing as men of politics at the time, and stand up to them unflinchingly.
It is hard to think or Reagan without thinking of Thatcher in many ways. They were both right-leaning and they both had large than life images. And some would say that they both set the table for the world we have today, where their financial policies and the failings of them can be heard echoing loudly 3 decades later.
Thatcher was 87 years old, and died of a stroke.