Why I hate Thatcher

I WRITE regarding the letter ‘In defence of Mrs T’ (Gazette, Thursday).

Firstly, the writer Mr Lightfoot attacks playwright Ed Waugh for claiming his play represents the opinions of the majority of the population.

When you bear in mind the fact that Margaret Thatcher was never elected by more than about 47 per cent of the electorate, Mr Waugh may be right.

I have spent a lot of my working life as a miner, and I am proud to say I was on strike for 12 months in the 1984-85 strike, when Thatcher used the full might of the state to defeat us.

I would stand on a picket line now if it would prevent her having a state funeral.

She had a near-pathological hatred of trade unions, and referred to us as the “enemy within”, but what did we do that was so treacherous?

We struck to prevent pit closures and protect jobs – with disastrous consequences.

Look at the ghost towns of former pit villages which she left desolated.

It is not only miners and their families that suffered, but also ancillary services providing machinery, timber etc, and those dependent on miners for their livelihood such as shopkeepers in mining communities.

If Mr Lightfoot needs evidence he only has to visit places in the North East like Murton, Lynemouth or Easington Village, which still have not recovered to this day.

Mr Lightfoot writes absolute rubbish stating that her achievements would fill the Gazette if he named them.

A list of family lives ruined by her policies would fill the Encyclopaedia Britannica!

Her policies left more than two million people unemployed.

Her legacy will be devastated pits, factories, shipyards – in fact most of the manufacturing industry in the UK – replaced by low-paid jobs in the service sector, overseen by an uncaring government, by a person who Mr Lightfoot calls a stateswoman!

He needs to look at real statesmen like Nelson Mandela, who, after being unjustly jailed for more than 30 years, came out of prison, embraced his captors and rebuilt his country.

Let’s not forget that Thatcher refused to criticise the abhorrent Apartheid system and described Mandela as a terrorist.

While Mr Waugh may be wrong about there being riots in the streets if she is given a “well-deserved State funeral”, as Mr Lightfoot fawningly puts it, there will certainly be protests, and I for one will be joining them.

I will not shed a single tear for her, and I will wager there are hundreds of thousands like me.

Hate is a very strong emotion that I rarely feel, and I do not wish any particular person was dead, but I can honestly say that I do hate Margaret Thatcher and everything she stood for.

David Farham,

Ferry Approach,

South Shields.