John Bell's moronic quote deserves a wider audience: “Without Margaret Thatcher, the people now demonstrating would have the same living standards of those in North Korea.” Of course, John. Keep taking the tablets.
The 50-strong vigil remembered the communities and individuals devastated under Thatcherism, an ideology that favoured the rich against working-class communities. It outlived Thatcher in that both Blair and Cameron have continued her policies of increasing the gap between rich and poor. We now have the ludicrous situation where the vast majority of the UK government cabinet are millionaires while the vast majority of citizens are facing pay freezes, benefit cuts and huge insecurity in their lives.
Brymbo steelworkers and Bersham miners were in attendance to remind people of the very real devastation locally.
Many people spoke eloquently about the impact of Thatcher on their lives, including Unite activist Michael Harrison, Steve Ryan from the PCS, Peter Jones of the UCU and Marc Jones from Plaid Cymru. He said:
"Today is the day we bury Thatcherism - the ideology that privatised our public services. It's an ideology that was backed by Blair and Cameron alike.
"Thatcher tried to kill off our communities, but we in Wrecsam have fought back. We now own our football club, we've re-opened Wrexham Lager and Saith Seren is a community cooperative pub. Despite her best efforts, we have overcome and that's something to celebrate today."