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Felix | Will you miss it when it’s gone?

We all look back through rose-tinted glasses at the past, says Felix, but we must learn lessons for the future

19 April 2013

In recent days there has been an industry of reflection, comment, nostalgia, assessment and re-appraisal, hyperbole, distasteful celebration, miles of newsprint and millions of words on the death of Lady Thatcher. For a significant proportion of the country she, and her time, was politics. She was there so long she was all that many had ever known; her downfall has been described as "matricide" rather than the inevitable resignation of someone who has held a job for a long time and now it is time for a change. It is true that her shadow remains over politics today. To some this is an awkward embarrassment, to others she is the Queen Over the Water - an exiled philosophy, where none today have the gumption to do as she did and be as she was.

The fact is that most people's reputations undergo reassessment in death. Reading the obituaries it is rare for the true contemporary colours of a person to shine through. This is common of judges - the comments such as &quo...

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