Margaret Thatcher Hated Football.
Those calling for a minutes silence before this Saturdays football kicks off to remember Margaret Thatcher’s achievements are clearly out of touch with reality.
I am a Thatcher child. I was 16 when she came to power and the sting of her matriarchal spanking still lives with me today.
The “Government Youth Scheme” whereby kids who were out of work could go and do an “apprenticeship” for £25 a week.
Only it wasn’t an apprenticeship in any sense of the word. There was no structure to the program and over eighty percent of those who began were thrown back on the discarded pile after the regulatory six months was up. It was just lip service in an attempt to reduce the incredibly high unemployment figures.
Even Worse Was Her Disregard For The Regular Working Man’s Livelihood
She rode roughshod over the miners and Steelworkers and whilst nearly everyone will agree we don’t want to go back to the days of being held to ransom by the likes of Arthur Scargill it was her lack of compassion for the working man who was caught in the crossfire of her political battles that still leaves whole communities crippled today.
Wiping out the means to a living by closing the ineffective pits was one thing. But replacing them with nothing was inhumane. Unfortunately today’s working class generations in those affected towns and villages are still paying the price for her war with the trade unions.
They have had the heart torn from their community and it is no wonder there is so much vitriol and bile reserved for someone who achieved so much politically but wantonly destroyed without any hint of remorse.
A Minutes Silence For Margaret Thatcher?
She achieved much in her political career and many of her reforms hit the mark. But her empathy with the football fan and the working man was not one of them.
There is deep resentment on the terraces and attempting to pay tribute to someone who did so much damage to the core fabric of working man’s life will backfire.
Think Hillsborough, The fenced football grounds, ID cards for football fans and the common notion that supporters were the scum of the earth. Mix that with the mental scars and wounds that many on the terraces still carry today and you have a recipe for an explosive powder keg.
Common sense should see that the planned funeral is how those that want to pay their respects to the Iron Lady should do so and apparatchiks should not try and force her will on the football fan even after her passing.