While tributes pour in for Margaret Thatcher----Meryl Streep called her "a pioneer....groundbreaking and admirable"----British filmmaker Ken Loach offered a different opinion.
Ignoring the policy of not speaking ill of the dead Loach, whose films include The Wind that Shakes the Barley and Poor Cow, slammed her in a statement, calling her "the most divisive and destructive Prime Minister
of modern times."
. While she was in power, Thatcher clashed with
the labor movement over her belief in deregulation and push to privatise
state-owned companies. Loach suggested that any funeral arrangements
should take a page from Thatcher's economic policies.
"How should we honour her? Let’s privatise her funeral," Loach said.
"Put it out to competitive tender and accept the cheapest bid. It’s what
she would have wanted."
He went on to enumerate the financial hardships that he claimed resulted from her leadership.
"Mass unemployment, factory closures, communities destroyed – this is
her legacy. She was a fighter and her enemy was the British working class," Loach said.