For Maggie

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by Andrew Osborne

Two Margaret Thatcher memories:

1. Seeing a giant Maggie puppet mocked and scorned as part of a big musical number during a 2011 production of Billy Eliot was a really nice moment of bonding in a crowded London theater.

2. But I’ll never forget my first trip to London back in the ’80s when THOUSANDS of people marched to protest the very notion of loans for college students.  Not only didn’t they want to pay more (or anything) for college, but they were also angry that they weren’t getting enough of a living stipend from the government while in school.

And I’m pretty sure that all those thousands of protesters — demanding something I’d never even considered as a debt-ridden U.S. college student — were all chanting the best chant ever…

MAGGIE! MAGGIE!! MAGGIE!! OUT! OUT!! OUT!!!

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