Craig Murray, while he personally found her quite likeable, sums her up rather well:
…she was a terrible, terrible disaster to this country. The utter devastation of heavy industry, the writing off of countless billions worth of tooling and equipment, the near total loss of the world’s greatest concentrated manufacturing skills base, the horrible political division of society and tearing of the bonds within our community. She was a complete, utter disaster.
The Guardian’s editorial, while praising her, also damns her:
She was an exceptionally consequential leader, in many ways a very great woman. There should be no dancing on her grave but it is right there is no state funeral either. 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.
Her legacy lives on.
Addendum. I’ve never been a fan of Russell Brand. He has always struck me as someone that I would cross the road to avoid. And yet, in this well-written piece, he has touched upon something of the awful ambivalence of Thatcher. I stand corrected about him. However, I still find it difficult to feel warm about her. As Francis Sedgemore says, “There are occasions when one can and should speak ill of the dead”.
Addendum II. Norman Geras makes my feelings succint,