Thatcher

There’s a ton of stuff about Margaret Thatcher’s death, most of which I don’t wish to touch with a bargepole. But I make an exception for the invariably intelligent Jacqueline Rose, writing in today’s Guardian. She argues that the ceremonial of the state funeral suggests a unity of agreement about Thatcher’s role which doesn’t exist – this was, famously, the woman who said there was no such thing as society. A key feature of her legacy was that she left us more seriously divided than before, despite that amazing little clip when she quotes St. Francis of Assisi and for the first and last time tries to imply modest humility.