“During the 80s, there were numerous sparky cultural critiques of Margaret Thatcher from the likes of Stephen Frears, Ken Loach and Derek Jarman in film, and from other artists working in other areas, especially in the most successful British cultural form, music. But in the longer term, her effect has been disastrous. Thatcher, like the Queen, is basically vulgar, and has little cultural sophistication or understanding. But unlike the Queen, she actively hated culture, as she recognised that it was a form of dissent. In her policies, she promoted what became known as celebrity culture; this was her celebration of what she thought was an entrepreneurial worldview, which, when mixed with greed, became the narcissism of the present day.
Thatcher had no understanding of what a central place the arts have in British life. Or how good Britain is at producing books, films, theatre and music. She was also a social atomist: she didn’t understand altruism, solidarity and identification with others as a basic part of human nature. Her failure to understand this helped give rise to mass forms of saccharine sentimentality such as that which surrounded the demise of Princess Diana. Solidarity was replaced by sentimentality in British life.”
Hanif Kureishi on Margaret Thatcher via The Guardian
Forgive me for not wasting a single tear on the day of her departure.