When I say `people of Britain’ I mean all those who at this moment have their feet on the soil of Great Britain. So let’s get to the ones who are currently rejoicing, splitting their own spleens, plotting celebrations, protest marches and demonstrations – all against an already dead 87 year old woman – namely Margaret Thatcher!
Here’s a Question to those who are so angry that they are planning demo’s …or blasting such negativity on various internet & social network platforms..: What is wrong with you people? And why now? What do you hope to achieve by it all?
The woman – Margaret Thatcher – who passed away few days ago at the age of 87, was 3-times democratically elected Prime Minister of Great Britain. Let’s put a spot light on some key points here – Democratically elected! Not once or twice..but three times. The country chose her. Did I say 3 times?
If people didn’t like her style or ways of politics or the way she was running the Country, then why keep electing her ..again..and again? But it happened. And as far as I know, there were no Vote-fixing, or military intimidation..or anything of the sort that has happened in some other so-called democratic countries.. No one forced anyone to vote for her.. yet people did. So no point then putting the blame (if there is any) on the woman.
As to the question of why now..? For haven’s sake.. if there ever was a time to protest – democratically – it was while Margaret Thatcher was in power as Prime Minister. People had had 11 years to do it then.. and if people did, and it didn’t go anywhere…well, then I can only conclude that not enough of the majority (did I mention democracy) wanted change bad enough to all come together and protest..despite whatever circumstances opposed them. And as Great Britain was not under military or any sort of Dictatorial leadership, people had the power and freedom.. full stop.
Okay, so perhaps people felt powerless or intimidated by her leadership.. (we are talking about billions of people in the whole of UK here!). And then the inevitable happened. Her own cabinet plotted against her.. (People power.. democracy at work..in mysterious ways). And she finally left her post..
If there was another moment to rejoice and plan demonstrations, there was the chance. She was no longer in power. People could have had their street parties then..
No.. people waited.. and got on about their lives.. for almost 2 decades..
And then ..`after’ she dies…of natural ill-health.. people now plot and plan demonstrations.. against dead woman.. the first woman to become Prime Minister in the country that created the first people-power parliament in the world!
This `dancing on the grave of a dead person’ is absolutely pointless, and utterly cowardice!
It’s been common for mass of people ..or rather the emotions that are sinking into their human Collective (psyche) to surface at perhaps unexpected times ..and triggers. Uk mourned for Princes Diana when she died in a car accident. It’s not that everyone loved her, but everyone’s own feelings of suppressed grief needed an outlet..and the death of Diana provided it. People rejoiced at the wedding of Prince William & Kate.. It’s not that everyone loved them…but people had a need for celebrating, and their wedding provided the opportunity. So did the Queen’s Jubilee events..
And now, with the nation’s Economy and people’s finances in dire nose dive.. (not just hitting the ground, but seem to be heading for the depths of Underworld), with no end in sight, with crisis after crisis, faith in government and banks…and papers all fast decaying.. people need to vent their frustrations.. and anger..
And so..here’s an opportunity .. to dig out a 20 year old repressed feeling.. (some people who are about to do these demo’s weren’t even born 20 yrs ago..that’s quite a joke)…
Trouble with the world is, while someone pushes their neck in the grand noose, and takes on the weight of the people ..and works hard (doing their best), everyone lets that happen.. And then years or decades later.. people choose to act.. It’s not just unfair, but inhuman.. to want to protest against an ex-leader who did her best.. in dire circumstances.
People should not blame Margaret Thatcher now.. as they had 11 years to get rid of her then. People should not protest now..because they’ve had almost 2 decades to do that too. (If people do want to protest, do it for a better reason.. to make a point to the current government or banks about
current circumstances! !)
The sad thing is, even in death, Margaret Thatcher is serving the Nation- by giving people a trigger to expressed their current suppressed frustrations (even though they are retro-projecting it all onto her).
Rest in peace, Margaret Thatcher… Iron Lady..! My respects to you!!
I sometimes think that Diplomacy is a double-edged sword – in that it appears to serve both parties, but the `Diplomat’ surely must have an inner personal motive, or some sort of loyalty – to even start engaging in the process. Often in heated battles situations (wars!), the Diplomat does not rise from one of the warring sides. But it is a person(s) from a 3rd party. All seems to go well until tables are turned (and tables always get turned in real life). When a conflict arises in the backyard of the Diplomatic Agency or person, how they react often determines their true metal!
I find that Diplomats are fine, and preach much noble ways, as long as they have no personal involvement. But should there be any, the very same people seem to react in the most undiplomatic manner. Governments, agencies, and people in positions of power have all done this. In this sense, I think of diplomats as rather cunning and cowardly. (The word Self-serving comes to mind too – but then show me one person on this planet who is not self-serving?! We all are!)
I’ve thought about global examples.. how the British or American diplomats enter Eastern war zones and carry out mediations. Fine and dandy. But when some sort of war comes to their own lands (home), all such approaches seem to go out the window! Local and national governments, or governing bodies – who perceive the threat don’t sit around calling foreign diplomats to help. No. They get their military in ship-shape first; and their weapons; and their internal security measures, surveillances.. and of course they start to pass new laws to defend themselves, and to give themselves `new legitimate’ powers – so they can do anything, and call it `okay’. Look at all the cameras around London.. look at all the new laws.. all since the few deaths by terror attacks on a bus, a station or a building in a few Western cities. But out there in the rest of the world, whole cities are getting blown to bits – and that some how seems to be acceptable..
If you think I am talking about international wars and peace processes, and that none of these will touch you personally – think again!
How well do you know the politicians and Diplomats in your community? When I say `know’ I mean their real darker sides that you don’t see – because you never challenged their core, and so they never have had reasons to show a personal retaliation. Politicians in power do play long games well… they are good at it.. a hand-shake here, a hug there, kiss a baby here, make a speech there, cut a ribbon here – and stitch someone else in the dark!
Think about all the Dictators in the world – none of them gained power through war. No. First they won their people’s hearts with politics, diplomacy and promises. And when they were in power, they started making deals, and secret promises to their loyal commanders, and threats to anyone who dare oppose them.. That’s how their empires grew- and it takes decades sometimes.. for true colours to show.
It is not guerilla warriors who employ terror tactics. Politicians do it 10 times more. Politicians in power use outside events ( a bomb here, an attack there) to their advantage – and use it to stoke people’s fears more.. and offer solutions in the form of new measures, rules, systems and laws! And they line their supporters in other places of power – so that when a `democratic vote’ takes place within an elected body- they are sure to have support. It all looks perfectly democratic. But beneath the surface, their shadows move and grow!
I’ve never liked politics or diplomacy. Just can’t trust it. Am a get up and go kind of guy. Am an action man – who shows his happy face and the angry face – as and when it happens. I growl, I snarl, and do fight tooth-n-nail to the last drop of my blood. My family & friends might not like it, but they know what they are getting..
My darker side is in full light of the world! Can diplomats and Politicians say the same?
I think not.