It seems like one should note the passing of Margaret Thatcher on a political blog, but I admit I don't have much direct experience of her politics and that, for me, she mostly existed in references as a shady harridan flitting through the type of music I listened to or as kind of a UK Reagan counterpart. Not especially flattering. I can bear a sort of respect for a woman exhibiting power and competence on the world stage and in the political imagination, but feh. I've always been of the opinion that it isn't just having power, but how it's used, that counts, and what I've seen and read leads me to view her more as a champion of inequality than of freedom. But I haven't much more to say about that.