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I was really sad when I heard that Margaret Thatcher had died.

Thinking back to my childhood, I remember vividly feeling the first waves of British pride when I listened intently to her speeches. What a woman.

It doesn’t really matter whether you believed in her politics and policies. I’m not going to say that she got them all right – she didn’t.

But what she did do was lead this country through a conflict and instil pride in a nation that had lost a lot of hope.

She also gave women a voice. She was a political Spice Girl (without the highheeled wedges and Union Jack outfits) and she was truly one of our great leaders.

Unlike a few I could mention, she stood by her statements and her theories and didn’t compromise.

A woman of such power and confidence should be celebrated. What a shame that on the day of the announcement that she had passed away, her critics took to social media to have a go at her and threw celebration parties.

To me, that was absolutely disgusting.

I’m sure there are many people who were hurt by the Thatcher days – the days of unemployment, the riots over the poll tax etc.

I’m not going to preach to those people that they aren’t within their rights to feel the way they feel about her.

But they should show some respect to a family and put their own feelings aside until after her funeral.

I am mortified that ‘parties’ on the day of her funeral have been planned to celebrate the fact she’s gone.

I was even more disgusted to learn that a campaign has been launched to help get a certain song with a distinctly distasteful title to No 1 in the charts.

I like to think I know a fair amount about British politics and I appreciate the Iron Lady was a fairly controversial woman. But she was a great leader, a fantastic British icon and a wife, mother and grandmother.

We should let her family mourn in peace without the sort of antics that display nothing but ignorance and shallowness and put this country in a very, very bad light.