By Malcolm Durham, Chairman of FD Solutions
Whilst I’m not often one to follow the crowd, I both think and feel that I should say something about Baroness Thatcher’s demise. What I think, and feel, is this: fundamentally, it is not only wrong to disparage or denigrate Mrs T, it’s also wrong to praise or criticise her simply on the basis of what she did to you and me. If you wish to attack or praise her changes to our society then you need to abide by the values of that society.
I don’t question the fact that she fought Argentina for control of the Falklands, reduced income taxes to less than 50%, privatised state entities, and battled with miners and printers over the right of managers to manage. What I do question is how we relate to these actions and the person seen as responsible for them.
Democracy, and private enterprise, the visible values of Western society, don’t just allow self—interest they positively encourage them and we seem to have reached the point where selfishness and greed are rights rather than sins. We now feel entitled to say “I want this and I want you to get it for me, otherwise I shall ask someone else to get it for me”.
Politicians, business leaders and football managers are hounded, on an almost daily basis, to give us exactly what we want or to resign. And I suspect that, from time to time, many of you feel hounded too. Hounded to produce more income, greater productivity or higher cashflow, or else “we’ll find someone else to do it in(your)stead.”
I suggest that we are not entitled to demand more for ourselves, provided only that it is legal, nor to demand things of others and punish/attack them when they fail to please us. For these visible values mask values that are more valuable to us all: in my opinion, it is only when we consider whether our feelings are considerate of others and our thoughts are a logical fit with others’ valid needs, that we can put them forward.
If, at this time, you can find it within you to consider the effects of Margaret Thatcher’s actions on others, as well as yourself, and agree that (if you were around), you, and everyone else, had free choice when reacting to her government’s actions and deciding what to do (supporting them, striking, demonstrating against them, emigrating even), then this moment of her passing will be a moment worthy of the pomp and ceremony of a state funeral, a funeral in which the greatest values of Britain, freedom and consideration for others, are upheld.
Shall we celebrate this at St Paul’s tomorrow?
This blog originally featured on the FD Solutions website. Click here to read more blogs from Malcolm.
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