I am a social liberal and a fiscal conservative. I am not afraid to say that I liked Thatcher. She had more "balls" than any politicians both on the left and right during her time. You may or may not agree with her policies but she was certainly a person of great determination and had the strength of character to pursue her sometimes unpopular policies. She was certainly the UK greatest peacetime PM in my opinion.
Showing great determination, balls and strong character aren't really things that tend to impress me if they are used to pursue shitty policies.
They're just secondary values.
"I'm really dedicated to making the world a shithole! Isn't that awesome!?! I'm totally trying hard!"
See the issue?
It's like praising people who made mistakes for being "consistent" about it.
"Ron Paul is a complete nutter with shitty ideas but at least he's consistent, you gotta admire that."