I think it was in the early 90’s when I heard the name of Margaret Thatcher, the first female British prime minister.
I was a little political animal back then feeding on rumours of wars and news of power players, both national and international. Napanood ko yung report nung siya ay nag-resign. I was so captivated by the sight of her speaking in front of the crowd and the cameras around her.
Tinanong ko ang lola ko kung sino siya at ipinaliwanag niya sa akin kung sino siya.
Wala pa si Google or Youtube at wala kaming internet back then, pero ginawa ko lahat para makakuha ako ng mga info tungkol sa kanya. Tanda ko sa bodega naming kung saan nakatambak ang mga peryodiko, dun ko hinalungkat ang mga balita at mga features tungkol sa kanya.
Margaret Thatcher became one of the female icons I will always revere (next to Miriam Defensor-Santiago). I’ve always had a soft spot for the tenacious underdog because I always believe that the more it becomes aggressive in reaching its goal, it will become eventually the overlord. At alam niyo naman kung gaano ako ka-vulnerable sa harap ng power at kung gaano ako ka-inclined mahalin ang mga witty and impressively influential. Well, it’s the power-monger inside me who’s speaking right now.
I admire Thatcher’s tenacity and courage in defying the unthinkable, just like when she decided to become leader of the Conservative Party and prime minister. She never even imagined that she will see a female British prime minister in her lifetime, not even her as prime minister. But she became one, to the joy and dismay of many.
She was called the Iron Lady dahil matigas siya at hindi basta-basta mababali. Lahat yata ng mga naging obstacle sa kanyang policies ay binunggo niya, kahit yung mga sariling kapartido niya. And she was not afraid to insist her policies and hated compromising.
Obviously, kung gaano ka-passionate ang mga fans niya tulad ko, ganun din ka-passionate ang mga haters niya sa pag-hate sa kanya.
Gumapang ang mga labour unions at mga workers during her term. Massive privitization at mga kung anu-anong ka ek-ekan na hindi ko na i-enumerate dito dahil alam ko naman na iilan na lang sa mga readers ang nakaabot sa puntong ito.
All I want to say is that she’s got some balls which no male politician ever had. I admire her character, her focus, her long-term view of issues and politicise, and tenacity, though I really don’t agree with most of her policies and propositions.
In leadership, I’ve always “copied” her manners and perspective in leading a group, formulating and implementing policies, and most of all, in dealing with opponents.
Love her or hate her, we cannot deny that she has shaped
and the world
and was one of the great shakers and movers and power-brokers of our
contemporary history. Britain
Good bye Maggie!