A press divided: how the front pages covered the death of Thatcher
Britain's press split down political and regional lines as they rushed to put together their front pages reporting the death of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher.
The Daily Mail made its feelings for the three-time election-winning prime minister very clear in its front page that reads, "'The woman who saved Britain". It is a front page, like the politician herself, which is likely to spark debate.
The Sun, uncharacteristically, steered away from grand statements and eulogies on its front page and reported the facts, detailing how the former Premier, who defeated the miners, retook the Falklands, but fell to the poll tax, died of a stroke at 11:28 am at the Ritz hotel.
The Daily Mirror, with an iron-faced picture of Thatcher, reflected the feelings of many with its "The Woman who divided a nation". It also asked if she should be given a ceremonial funeral like Princess Diana.
The Northern Echo also had an elegant summation of the impact that the Conservative Party leader had on Britain with its cover line, "Loved, hated, never forgotten".
Scotland's Daily Record, a left-of-centre stable mate of the Daily Mirror, put it this way, "Scotland will never forget – gone but not forgiven".
In Wales, there was an echo of the battle that Thatcher fought with the National Union of Mineworkers in the 1980s, as it wrote, "She was known globally as the Iron Lady, but the word that defines her legacy in Wales is coal".
The FT and City AM spoke for the City and the impact she had on London's financial centre, with the ignition of the "big bang" that helped keep the nation at the centre of the world's financial markets.
On the far reaches of the left the Communist Party Morning Star had no doubts: "The woman who tore Britain apart".
Crass and beyond the pale, the Socialist Worker, the paper of the tiny Trotskyist Social Workers Party, wrote, "Rejoice".Follow @gordonmacmillan
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