(Image source: Eddie Mulholland / The Telegraph) BY SCOTT MALONE
Britain’s longest-serving prime minister is being laid to rest today. The funeral service
for Baroness Margaret Thatcher took place Wednesday at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.
Queen Elizabeth II and other dignitaries are in attendance. The BBC reports 4,000 police
officers are controlling crowds in central London. (Via Sky News)
Thatcher was Britain’s Prime Minister from 1979 through 1990. Her policies reduced inflation,
but caused a dramatic increase in unemployment during her term. She also dealt with the Falklands
War and conflicts with the Irish Republican Army.
The Bishop of London offered his remarks of Thatcher, saying “After the storm of a life
lived in the heat of political controversy, there is a great calm.” (Via CNN)
But the funeral procession’s journey to St. Paul’s Cathedral was not an entirely
calm one. A group of protesters turned their backs on
the procession and waved anti-Thatcher signs as the coffin passed. (Via The Telegraph)
Protests aside, it turns out even though Thatcher is being laid to rest, her influence still
reigns supreme among the people. According to a poll in the London Evening
Standard, “Thatcher is still the public’s number one choice to lead during a crisis.”