Cartoonists Remember Margaret Thatcher, In Their Own Way

The World
Political cartoonists around globe are remembering Margaret Thatcher. Some not so fondly. I talk about the range of images with The World's host, Marco Werman. In one way, "Maggie," as she was known, was a cartoonist's delight. They had satirical fun with her prim and proper appearance, her school-marmish scolding tone, and her puffy retro hairdo and beak nose. But the sentiments they expressed in the thousands of cartoons drawn of her during her life were usually scolding and disapproving. They remain so since her death was announced on Monday. In one by Britain's Steve Bell, we see Thatcher standing in her own grave pit demanding to know why the pit was still open (a reference to the coal miners' strike). In others we see her arriving at the pearly gates only to demand that heaven be privatized. Thatcher's monicker, "The Iron Lady", also shows up. One cartoon shows he hearse carrying her body headed for a scrap metal yard. There are a few charitable and deferential images, just not many. A Slovakian cartoonist honors her for helping to open up the former East Bloc and end the Soviet Union. An Australian cartoonist shows Thatcher in heaven volunteering to get rid of other evil empires. This slideshow features a selection of cartoons from nearly all six continents reflecting on Margaret Thatcher.
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