Published: 19:41 EDT, 13 April 2013 | Updated: 18:49 EDT, 14 April 2013>
Recognition: The late Margret Thatcher pictured at the Guildhall in 1989, where she received the Freedom of the City award for achievements in the City of London
There is nothing intrinsically wrong with being divisive or controversial. No serious politician can lead, decide or act without provoking hostility. Only nonentities occupy the seats of power without upsetting anybody.
So the great wave of argument, praise, blame, condemnation and admiration, which broke when Lady Thatcher’s passing was announced, is a just tribute to her historical importance.
It is odd that so many of her critics do not seem to be able to see this. Far too many of them still seek to belittle her, to cast doubt (for instance) on her intelligence or her personal kindness, when the historical record leaves no doubt about either.
The ultimate verdict on Lady Thatcher and her achievements is still some way off. Death is the beginning of this process, not the end of it. But it is quite certain that she will always be reckoned one of the most important world figures of the late 20th Century.
Let it be said clearly. She was a great national leader in an age of pygmies and time-servers. Those who turn their backs on her funeral, or who indulge in immature playground jibes, only diminish themselves.
In the rest of the world, her reputation is high and she is honoured. It is only in her own country that she attracts petty hostility and unworthy mockery, disgraceful behaviour on the very edge of the grave.
In this she is comparable to another towering figure, Mikhail Gorbachev, whose achievement in ending the Soviet tyranny earned him boundless respect abroad, but who is widely loathed in his homeland – mainly by those who wish, absurdly, they could have carried on living in a bankrupt fool’s paradise for ever.
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This sort of meanness comes from a lack of perspective, and a lack of generosity, the products of a narrow mind.
Divided: Thatcher's death has split the country - but she should be remembered as a great national leader
Lady Thatcher may not have slain all the dragons she fought. But she certainly fought them, and did so with courage and determination. These words are not used lightly. Her life was in genuine danger from some of her enemies.
It was impossible to be in her presence without being conscious of her exceptional character and strength. She was filled with an undeniable love of her country and a desire to better the lives of its people. Her motives were never base or selfish and she paid a heavy personal price for her devotion to hard work and duty.
As the solemn hour of her funeral approaches, let us, as a nation, combine to honour a giant of our age.
A&E - now critical
Something is going wrong in our Accident & Emergency service.
The worrying figures on waiting times we publish today are clear evidence of that. The Mail on Sunday warned repeatedly that reorganisation and concentration of A&E would lead to trouble.
Not so good: A&E waiting times stats have left a lot to be desired
And while many other factors are undoubtedly involved, this newspaper is entitled to ask Ministers and Health Service chiefs to re-examine their policy.
Why such secrecy?
What is the use of an Information Commissioner who supports the suppression of information?
In these days of greatly increased police power, an arrest is a major event. The arrested person is placed for ever on a DNA database and his life is profoundly affected.
This is a legitimate matter of public interest. There are quite enough lobbies for secrecy and silence.
The Information Commissioner is on the wrong side.
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