I was speaking to a courier from Liverpool earlier today, and his detestation of Mrs T quite took me aback.
He was adamant that she was hell bent on destroying his home town back in the 80's. I pointed out that Liverpool's problems as a port city were mainly caused by a shift in trading from the Commonwealth to the EU, so surely geographical? He argued that back then Liverpool had the infrastructure in place to handle vast volumes of cargo, and that the dismantling of industry was more to blame.
One point he raised was the Irish question. Britain was a regular target for IRA bombs - Brighton being an example - yet she refused to talk to either the Provisionals or Sinn Fein. The hunger strikers - elected members of parliament in two cases were allowed to die, only inflaming the situation.
He then went on to talk about the riots which swept Britain on a regular basis, and was insistent that the Police in the 80's fulfilled more of a civil containment tool role, claiming that the Notting Hill Carnival was used by the Met as a civil disorder training exercise.
Then he started about the Hillsborough cover-up. Finally he apologised by explaining that the very mention of Mrs T's name made him livid.
I doubt that he held any personal degree of hatred towards her, more of an attack on her ideology.
For me personally, the 80's weren't a more difficult time than any other. I don't know why Mrs Thatcher should be singled out for vilification any more than any other PM who has had to face some tough decisions.
Sadly, it seems that it's become de rigeur among left wing trendies to hate a frail, and now dead old lady.
I still have serious doubts about the wisdom of a state funeral. It could be a huge national embarrassment. Having seen that hatred at first hand - it's intense.