Several months of strikes in 1978 and 1979 have come to stand for a whole decade. Britain was not a "failed state".
Had Thatcher been a truly visionary politician, she would have established a wealth fund for the oil windfall, not squandered it on tax cuts and current spending.
Equality means judging women by the same standards as men. Margaret Thatcher wasn't a bad women or mother - she was a bad human.
I have five thoughts on the row about the BBC playing an anti-Thatcher song.
"A woman? Not on my terms," says the Labour MP, declaring that Thatcher wreaked "the most heinous, social, economic and spiritual damage upon this country".
"Not for her the contempt sometimes heaped on ideas and new thinking in political life."
"They say that cometh the hour, cometh the man. Well in 1979 came the hour, and came The Lady."
Towns like Rotherham have still not recovered from Thatcher's destruction of industry, says Labour MP Sarah Champion. Today's tribute is an inappropriately partisan use of parliament.
Like the poll tax, the decision to cut council tax support by 10 per cent will force the poorest households to pay the local charge regardless of their income.
Former minister John Healey says "this will not be the occasion or opportunity" to criticise Thatcher's record but David Winnick says it would be "absolutely hypocritical" not to.