Margaret Thatcher RIP

Hopefully the Twittersphere will find some new dignity to deal with the demise of Lady Thatcher. I doubt it, but I hope so. She was a mum and a gran, after all.

I met her once. It was in the inauspicious surroundings of Portman Road Industrial estate, Reading. She was coming out of a Tory printing works, opposite where I worked. I lined up and shook her hand. “Good morning” she said with a smile. She had meaty hands. Hands used to kneading bread and that sort of thing. Not dainty hands. Denis was more talkative.

To an extent I admire some of the work she did to reduce the power of the unions. I say that from the perspective of someone who lived through all the chaos of the 60s and 70s. I also admire her stance on the Falklands and Rhodesia -> Zimbabwe (the latter is often overlooked).

That’s where any admiration stops, politically, I’m afraid. I am a “dead parrot” after all.


2 thoughts on “Margaret Thatcher RIP

  1. The twittersphere was frankly loathsome today. Spittle flecked ranting by socialist fools who lost the argument years ago. As she said herself..’I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.’ I think we’re still waiting for Scargill to roll back the years of Thatcherism aren’t we?

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