Revealed: Thatcher’s plan to use army during miners’ strike

Papers released to the National Archives reveal that in 1984 the prime minister made preparations to use troops to move coal to power stations. Full story.

- The Guardian, 3 January 2014.

Scenes from Goldthorpe, northen England where an effigy of Margaret Thatcher in a ‘coffin’ is burnt together with a sofa and wood as people gather to celebrate the death of Margaret Thatcher : this image shows the horse drawn hearse carrying the effigy and a coffin pass Goldthorpe Union Jack Memorial club. Photograph: John Giles/PA

An overhead view of the Cathedral interior showing the special seats and rug for the Queen and Price Philip in the front row and the empty plinth awaiting the coffin. From picture desk live: the best pictures from Lady Thatcher’s funeral

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Images from the rehearsal of Margaret Thatcher’s funeral - a full military dress rehearsal for the ceremonial funeral procession for the late former prime minister took place early on Monday in London

Photographs: John Stillwell/PA. Dan Kitwood/Getty Images, Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images

"We had to walk a mile and a half round trip to pick up a government issue food parcel"

"A disaster for people working in manufacturing"

Guardian readers share their stories of life under Thatcher, from mining communities being torn apart to being able to buy their own council homes.

 

Of course the campaign around the song is childish and tasteless, but that’s the point. Even if, on musical grounds, I’d rather people were snapping up downloads of Shipbuilding, I appreciate that pathos and nuance are not what’s called for here. A playground V-sign is.

Dorian Lynskey on the possibility of Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead being the UK’s number one single on Sunday, in the wake of Margaret Thatcher’s death.

Photograph: Allstar

From our archive: The Guardian front page from 23 November 1990, the day after Margaret Thatcher resigned.

More on Margaret Thatcher including her life in pictures

Margaret Thatcher has died after stroke, aged 87. Photograph shows Thatcher in 1979 outside 10 Downing Street following her election as prime minister in May. She was Britain’s first female prime minister. From our gallery: Margaret Thatcher - a life in pictures
Photograph: PA

Margaret Thatcher has died after stroke, aged 87. Photograph shows Thatcher in 1979 outside 10 Downing Street following her election as prime minister in May. She was Britain’s first female prime minister. From our gallery: Margaret Thatcher - a life in pictures

Photograph: PA

Is The Iron Lady the new Downfall?

"Speaking to a crowd of supporters, Margaret Thatcher, as played by Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady, explains what she would do as prime minister: “Crush the working class, crush the scum, the yobs.”

At least that is a scene from a pirated version of the film in Russia, which has been inadvertently reviewed by one of the country’s top film critics without realising that some rather pointed changes to the script had been made.”