As an American, I'm very heartened to be reading about the very vocal and public divisiveness among Brits over Maggie's legacy. This is a very good thing, an affirmation death alone doesn't warrant atonement for past sins.
What you do over there is in complete contrast to what we do here. Whenever an eminent politician dies, the body isn't even cold before the whitewash gets applied. When Ronald Reagan died, you barely hears one peep in the mainstream press about his out of date Cold War mentality, his flagrant flouting of the Constitution during the Iran Contra scandal, or the fact that his adminstration was the most politically corrupt in history, or that he was responsible for the biggest rise in the U.S. deficit since World War II. It was all about how he "won" the Cold War and magnetic personality.
Likewise, when Tricky Dick Nixon died, all the press was sooo respectable about his "statesmanlike" qualities for opening doors with China and Russia, while totally downplaying his embracing of McCarthyisim in the 1950s, his trampling of the Constitution during Watergate, his virulent anti-semitism and bigotry, his 'secret' bombing of Cambodia, and all of the other evil things he did.
It's as if when these b**tards kick off you're not allowed to say one bad thing about them for fear of sounding disrespectful. Hell with that. If a person was a b**tard it's thoroughly appropriate to call them that. Not all the dead deserve to be respected. Of course, don't you even THINK about dissing a dead person I like!