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NO matter how grand a funeral, there is no hiding the divisions Margaret Thatcher created back in the 1980s - and which stand as her legacy.

The last 10 days have revived these divisions and opened up old wounds about the first female prime minister.

The legacy of Thatcherism cannot be forgotten because it is our present.

We face stagnation, with an economy stripped of manufacturing capacity and skewed towards the City of London.

We have declining wages, deep-seated inequality, a housing crisis, rip-off power companies (privatised under Thatcher) and attacks on workers' rights.

And we're seeing the deliberate scapegoating and demonising of those on benefits. Yet, despite the closed pits, the lost communities, the shipyards and steelworks that are gone, the counter-movement to Thatcherism is still there.

The voice of the left and the voice of Scotland is still being heard in her inadvertent legacy, the Scottish Parliament, and beyond in Westminster.

Now, as then, the issues are huge, the need for solutions that create a civilised society, not a divided one, are urgent.

The celebrations and bitterness released by Thatcher's death have been a massive diversion - a nostalgia-fest for both left and right that has entirely distracted politicians from the real task at hand.

That's a problem, because back in the real world, her poisonous legacy is still affecting lives every minute of every day.

There is the hated bedroom tax, the humiliating fitness-for-work tests and ill and disabled people losing their benefits.

And, here in Scotland, there is the referendum debate to be getting on with.

As for Thatcher, it is now time to move on, to let the anger peak.

We will never forgive her, nor forget her. But the battles of the present are too important to spend any more time dissecting the battles of the past.

There is a need to get over the divisions of Thatcher and for all who oppose her enduring impact on British life to march together.

Yet the divisions are such that her natural opponents in Scotland, the SNP and Labour, cannot get their act together even to unite against the disgusting bedroom tax.

Division was her way, let it not be Scotland's.

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Date:Apr 18, 2013
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