back to article I salute Lady THATCHER - Shoreditch's SILICON GODMOTHER

"No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he'd only had good intentions; he had the majority of voting shares as well" - Motivational poster at Bong Ventures London HQ. I am dictating this sotto voce from the nerve centre of Operation True Blue at an undisclosed location in Whitehall STOP My assistant มาลัย (which means ' …

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  1. Cthonus
    Black Helicopters

    Ayn Rand!

    Philosophy aside, her writing style is stilted and turgid.

    Writing style aside, the only time I've seen her philosophy put to good effect was in Bioshock.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Joke

    Seen elsewhere

    "Is Thatcher being cremated? If she is it's at least one confirmed Ashes win for England this summer."

    1. LPF
      Happy

      Re: Seen elsewhere

      30 years and stil bitter lol

      1. Malmesbury

        Re: Seen elsewhere

        Incidentally the titans of the civil service "planning" wanted to discourage all this mucking about with "toy" computers. They wanted British industry to concentrate on the main frame market where all real computing is done.

        There is a hilarious minute of a meeting that was published a while back about how Maggie et al didn't understand that home use of computers was pointless fad that would obviously never go anywhere and that companies needed to be "redirected" in the "national interest"

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Seen elsewhere

        "30 years and stil bitter lol"

        from someone 30 years old and doesn't have a clue perhaps?

    2. Kubla Cant Silver badge

      Re: Seen elsewhere

      All this week I've been wondering how many of the vocal anti-Thatcherites who've popped up are actually old enough to know what pre-Thatcher Britain was like. It was crappy, and getting crappier every year. But don't let that mute your right-on rhetoric - maybe crappy is what you like.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        I'm old enough

        And I'm glad to see the back of the old bitch.

        1. firefly

          Re: I'm old enough

          Me too, how I long for the days of blackouts, 3-day weeks, perpetual strikes, rubbish piled up on the streets and waiting up to a year to have something simple as a telephone installed in my home.

          Thatch put an end to all that, Bitch indeed.

          1. Anonymous Coward
            Devil

            Re: I'm old enough

            I rather enjoyed the three-day week.

            About the right duration, I'd say.

            Thatch put an end to all that, Bitch indeed.

          2. Lallabalalla
            FAIL

            Re: I'm old enough

            Couldn't agree more. The three day week - introduced in the United Kingdom by the Conservative Government 1970–1974 (Heath) to conserve electricity.

            How I miss those heady days of miners and printworkers being coshed to the ground by baton-wielding police on horseback. Of every junction being overrun with "squeegees" and every park and underpass crammed with beggars and the homeless.

            How I loved still having a job at a time of our highest ever unemployment, 15% interest rates and 21.7% inflation.

            How I rejoiced at the American nuclear missile bases in our green-and-pleasant. How I applauded the sheilds of truth and swords of honour of those righteous members gallantly upholding all we revere as true - Parkinson, Clarke, Archer, Aitken, Major and Currie et al.

            How I gagged as Gummer shoved BSE infected burgers down the throats of his own children.

            Etc etc blah blah blah.

            So, New Labour were little better, and things are even worse now, and things can always get worse, or better, YMMV. They all suck.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "Next Wednesday the nation will pay tribute to the greatest living Prime Minister, Baroness Thatcher"

    W O W, way to represent the minority!

    We all know what we think of those that shout the loudest.

    1. Maharg
      Holmes

      Really?

      I think my issue with that statement is that she is not the greatest living Prime Minister, for the simple reason she is dead, pretty sure it was on the news and everything…

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Minority?

      Even the Guardian's "What do you think of Maggie" poll came out with 51% in favour of her. All the other polls I've seen have rated her as by far the most popular post-war prime minister. The 'minority' here are the ones who hated her. Numbers is as numbers does.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        51% to 49% is hardly a sweeping victory

        It's actually almost the most divisive you can possibly be.

        1. Kubla Cant Silver badge

          Re: 51% to 49% is hardly a sweeping victory

          @AC: "It's actually almost the most divisive you can possibly be"

          Yes, she splits the Guardian readership right down the middle. But they hardly represent the median of the political spectrum, do they?

          1. Mike Brown

            Re: 51% to 49% is hardly a sweeping victory

            whats really odd is that more than half the gurdians readership are in favour of thatcher. i thought they were all lefty hippy socialist types?

            1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

              Re: 51% to 49% is hardly a sweeping victory

              Thatcher was a lefty.

              Just compare her policies with the subsequent labour government - completely indistiguishable

          2. Anonymous Coward
            Thumb Up

            Re: 51% to 49% is hardly a sweeping victory

            Yes, she splits the Guardian readership right down the middle. But they hardly represent the median of the political spectrum, do they?

            Ever since the right wing rags started putting up paywalls the Guardian readership demographic has changed. The comment areas are now flooded with Tory trolls. That's capitalism for you. Oh, how I lol'd

        2. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: 51% to 49% is hardly a sweeping victory

          It wasn't 51 to 49, it was 51/37/12 don't knows.

        3. ecofeco Silver badge

          Re: 51% to 49% is hardly a sweeping victory

          In America, that would be considered a "mandate by the people".

          1. Magnus_Pym

            Re: 51% to 49% is hardly a sweeping victory

            You're lucky. Cameron only got 36.1% of the popular vote but still thinks he has a mandate.

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Devil

        Re: Guardian?

        It was probably a misprint

      3. Magnus_Pym

        Re: Minority?

        Guardian, is that still going? Who reads the papers these days?

  4. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

    There's no such thing as social-media

    Surely?

  5. JaitcH
    WTF?

    How fitting. Bong rhymes with Dong ...

    as in Ding Dong ..., the Bag Lady's signature tune.

  6. Syntax Error
    FAIL

    Pure Crap

    "My story is similar to millions of other working-class lads in the 1980s,"

    " I was sent to tough schools in Geneva, Zurich and upstate New York."

    This does not compute.... Working class hero goes to school in Geneva and Zurich.

    Yeah like fuck.

    1. Mr_Bungle
      Facepalm

      Re: Pure Crap

      ^ Irony bypass.

    2. Tom 7 Silver badge

      Re: Pure Crap

      Yep - you can tell a Thatcher supporter - they were the few that weren't thrown on the scrapheap. Things didn't get better for them but out of the corner of their eye they could see how crap they could have got for thinking she might be wrong.

      Things were so shit in the seventies - we had the 3 day week but as someone straight out of school I could get on my bike and get a job, a few years later we were laughingly told to do that when there were 3.5Million official unemployed. I wonder how much wealth they would have created if they had been working.

      I was lucky - I had a good education and went to Uni and got a job creating 21stC technology for BT. We made 9.6Gb fibre optic parts at the end of the 80's until privatisation closed us down.

      I am so grateful to learn that Mrs T is responsible for the amazing BT that may provide us, if we're lucky in the next ten years, with the technology that it had 25 years ago before privatisation fucked it up.

      I may only have another 20 years to live but I hope in that time it becomes more obvious to enough people that monetarism creates nothing but big shiny bell end shaped pockets of old wealth that look good to the myopic but its technological development and production that provides the real wealth that will benefit us all so that we can spend some time with our kids at the end of the working day like we did in the shit old 70's before it got 'better'.

  7. Magnus_Pym

    Left school in the early eighties...

    Went to a college so underfunded parts of the buildings were taped off. No jobs, only schemes. Apprenticeships that paid a pittance and offered only redundancy at the end. Worked for my dad until boom-bust closed his business too. Several low paid, short term or part time jobs followed in between being unable to claim the dole due to 'benefit regulations' . Twenty years of scraping by before I got a career. Yeah. Thatcher's policies certainly got the economy working for me, Like fuck.

    1. LPF

      Re: Left school in the early eighties...

      Have you considered the fact that you were just plain thick?

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  9. Lallabalalla
    Happy

    Last respects have all been paid

    So from now on if you can't say anything good about Thatcher, feel free to continue. But, only if.

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