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British media reflect divided views on Iron Lady’s legacy

With broadcasters,columnists and editorialists absorbed in chronicling Margaret Thatcher’s life,times and demise,Britons

ALAN COWELL

With broadcasters,columnists and editorialists absorbed in chronicling Margaret Thatcher’s life,times and demise,Britons on Tuesday mulled the ideological divide that her critics and even some of her admirers depicted as deepening during her years as Britain’s only female prime minister.

While many former and serving politicians seemed to form lines to offer their reaction to her death of a stroke at age 87 on Monday,and radio shows were filled with recordings of her best-known utterances,some isolated protests broke out overnight in London,Bristol and Glasgow reflecting the same social schism between haves and have-nots that characterized the debate over her legacy.

Hundreds of her opponents gathered at the site of violent protests against her policies in the 1980s,with a small crowd in Brixton — where anti-Thatcher riots broke out in 1981 — chanting “Maggie,Maggie — Dead,Dead.”

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At what was billed as a celebratory street party in the southwestern city of Bristol overnight,around 200 people clashed with police officers trying disperse them early on Tuesday,the police said,and six officers were injured in scuffles.

“We can’t deny,” Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday,“that Lady Thatcher divided opinion.” But some of those who castigated her as divisive also paid grudging respect to her stature.

“Margaret Thatcher broke Britain and replaced what had come before with something crueller,nastier,” said the left-wing Daily Mirror.

The liberal-leaning Guardian said: “Her legacy is of public division,private selfishness and a cult of greed,which together shackle far more of the human spirit than they ever set free.”

By contrast,conservative newspapers such as The Daily Telegraph and The Daily Mail offered enthusiastic praise for what the Mail,echoing Prime Minister David Cameron,called “the woman who saved Britain”.

Taiwan TV shows Queen in reports on Thatcher death

* A TAIWANESE news station apologized for airing footage of Queen Elizabeth II while reporting Thatcher’s death.

* CTi Cable flashed a headline of Margaret Thatcher Dies of Stroke and showed two clips of the queen shaking hands with the public.

Thailand flashes Meryl Streep’s pic

* News producers for Thailand’s army-owned Channel 5 too got the wrong Thatcher as they showed actress Meryl Streep’s picture.

* The channel formally apologised later and also expressed regret on Facebook.