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Newspaper review: Margaret Thatcher's legacy considered

  • 9 April 2013
  • From the section UK

Tuesday's papers are given over, almost entirely, to tributes and analysis of Baroness Thatcher and her legacy.

On the front pages, most go for simply a photo and a word or two to encapsulate her life and her passing.

The Daily Express bids "farewell, Iron Lady".

The Times shows her waving to crowds during a visit to Moscow.

"The Iron Lady behind the Iron Curtain," it says.

An editorial inside the paper speaks of "a woman of simple truths" and "a towering figure of the age".

On the big issues of her time, it says, she made the right choices.

'Fearless advocate'

For the Daily Telegraph, there are no words for its front page.

Against a dark background, Lady Thatcher is pictured dressed in black, wearing jewellery and a radiant smile.

Former US President George Bush senior writes in the paper of "a fearless, unrelenting advocate for democracy, free markets and human rights.

"She was a woman of rare courage and conviction who blazed new political trails and pushed back the horizons of achievement," he adds.

The Daily Mail uses the same picture as the Telegraph and hails "the woman who saved Britain".

Writing inside the paper, Lord Tebbit reveals that he often regrets not being at her side during her last days in office, having turned down an invitation to rejoin the Cabinet.

"Not since Queen Elizabeth I... did we see a woman - nor many men - of such courage, wiles and intelligence," he adds.

The paper also launches a campaign for "Britain's greatest peacetime prime minister" to be given a state funeral.

'Remade nation'

A steely-eyed Margaret Thatcher glares out from the front page of the Daily Mirror where she is remembered as "the woman who divided the nation".

The Guardian leads with an epitaph written by its former senior political commentator, Hugo Young, days before he himself died in 2003.

He declares Lady Thatcher's greatest virtue to have been how little she cared about whether people liked her.

"For better or worse, she remade our nation," says the Independent.

Its coverage is led by the man who founded and edited the paper while Margaret Thatcher was still in office - Andreas Whittam Smith.

Few prime ministers, he writes, give their name to a political philosophy.

But "to this day, 'Thatcherism' is used all over the world to describe a brisk, unsentimental, pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps approach," he writes.

'Lion lady'

A front page tribute in the Financial Times speaks of "the great transformer - a giant in a declining nation".

The Sun pays tribute to "the lion lady", in reference to Prime Minster David Cameron's tribute to "a patriot prime minister" with "a lion-hearted love of this country".

The paper also features a column by owner Rupert Murdoch in which he writes that Margaret Thatcher changed Britain and, together with former US President Ronald Reagan, the world for the better.

On the following page, the last president of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, makes a similar point and speaks of her "real human warmth".

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