This week we lost a Political heavyweight. Baroness Margaret Thatcher, the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom died of a stroke on Monday morning. While I certainly did not agree with everything she did, she was a passionate, sharp and ruthless politician.
No matter what I say about her, others have probable said it better, so I have decided just to link to a few articles I have found that cover Baroness Thatcher.
One that did surprise me was Russel Brand’s take on the former Prime Minister.
When I was a kid, Thatcher was the headmistress of our country. Her voice, a bellicose yawn, somehow both boring and boring – I could ignore the content but the intent drilled its way in. She became leader of the Conservatives the year I was born and prime minister when I was four. She remained in power till I was 15. I am, it’s safe to say, one of Thatcher’s children. How then do I feel on the day of this matriarchal mourning?
Ireland’s Europe Minister Lucinda Creighton had a piece in the Irish Independent on Thatcher that is also interesting to read!
So, how did this grocer’s daughter of modest means and no political patronage break through the Tory club of middle-aged and middle-class men? It certainly wasn’t by way of roll-over compromise, conformity or gender quotas.
Conservative MP Conor Burns spoke yesterday in the House of Commons on his relationship with the former Prime Minister. It is very interesting to read of this as he is an out gay MP! The Pinknews have the story:
Mr Burns, who voted in favour of same-sex marriage, after public deliberation, said that he visited former prime minister Lady Thatcher almost every Sunday.
He said that on one visit, a cab driver refused to take his fare when he was dropped off at Lady Thatcher’s former Chelsea home saying that he recognised it as “Maggie Thatcher’s gaff” and that he should “tell her from me, we ain’t had a good’un since”.
Mr Burns told MPs: “I imparted this message to Margaret and she intoned: ‘Well he was quite right
Public Service Europe have a great article by Giles Goodall on Thatcher contributions to Europe which are often overlooked.
Perhaps Thatcher’s biggest legacy to Europe, apart from securing the legendary British rebate and simultaneously condemning future budget negotiations to be a zero-sum game, was to drive forward the single market and enlargement; first to the south but subsequently also north and eastwards. These dual achievements, originally pursued as means to thwart what she considered to be the twin European threats of socialism and further integration – or ‘deepening’ – have arguably become two of the EU’s greatest success stories.
They also have some great Anecdotes!
The Economist have a good article on her legacy.
SEVERAL prime ministers have occupied 10 Downing Street for as long as, or even longer than, Margaret Thatcher. Some have won as many elections—Tony Blair, for one. But Mrs Thatcher (later Lady Thatcher), Britain’s sole woman prime minister, remains the only occupant of Number 10 to have become an “-ism” in her lifetime. She left behind a brand of politics and a set of convictions which still resonate, from Warsaw to Santiago to Washington, DC.
I finish with this excerpt from her last speech as Prime Minister in the House of Commons, it is one of my favourite speeches.
- Preparations begin for Margaret Thatcher’s funeral as tributes continue (metro.co.uk)
- Angry protests are ‘a compliment to Margaret Thatcher’ (standard.co.uk)
- Baroness Thatcher: Jeffrey Archer pays tribute to ‘loyal, formidable friend’ (telegraph.co.uk)
- Baroness Thatcher dies following a stroke (newstatesman.com)