Margaret Thatcher Dies: Social Media Reaction

Monday, 08 Apr 2013 09:37 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Twitter mourned on Monday after news broke that Margaret Thatcher, the "Iron Lady" and first female British prime minister, had died following a stroke. She was 87.

Widely considered Britain's Ronald Reagan, Thatcher led the country from 1979 to 1990 and was an advocate of privatization, lower taxes, and anti-Communism.

Reagan and Thatcher were seen as political soul mates. Reagan called her the "best man in England" and she called him "the second most important man in my life." The two shared a hatred of Communism and a passion for small government. What America knew as "Reaganomics" is still called "Thatcherism" in Britain.

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"As the last journey of this faithful pilgrim took him beyond the sunset, and as heaven's morning broke, I like to think — in the words of Bunyan — that 'all the trumpets sounded on the other side," Thatcher said of Reagan at the time of his 2004 death.

Thatcher had significant health problems in her later years, suffering several small strokes and, according to her daughter, struggling with dementia.

Thatcher's supporters took to Twitter to remember Britain's tough, outspoken "Irony Lady."







Some Twitter users were happy to hear of Thatcher's death.



But they were quickly rebuffed by Thatcher loyals.



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