Thursday 8 December 2016

Thatcher deserved respect for courage in face of adversity

Published 14/04/2013 | 05:00

A few hours after Margaret Thatcher's death last Monday, as Irish public figures began to cravenly support Sinn Fein's hypocritical whining about the "hurt" she had allegedly inflicted on Ireland, I dashed off this furious text to a few politicians.

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"This anti-Thatcher frenzy makes me sick. She stood up to the IRA murder gang, to blustering bullies like Scargill, and to the Argentinian dictators. She had huge moral and physical courage. And it was Adams & Co and not Thatcher who kept the hunger strikes going!"

I was not surprised when most texted me back versions of "agree totally" or "makes me puke too". Because many, if not most, Irish politicians privately admired Thatcher. Apart from Lucinda Creighton, however, none of them had the courage to publicly pay tribute to a fellow politician who had suffered much from IRA terrorism.

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