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maggie statue.jpgMargaret Thatcher made a brief return to Parliament today to witness the unveiling of a statue in her honour. Her image joins Lloyd George, Attlee and Churchill in the lobby of the Commons. 

“I might have preferred iron, but bronze will do. It won’t rust, and this time I hope the head will stay on” she quipped, referring to the decapitation of a previous statue of her.  Perhaps the towering figure of Mrs T will remind today’s tories of what a politician with conviction is capable of achieving.


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22 thoughts on “Maggie’s back … sadly just for the day

  1. I once took a bus tour of London which passed by Mrs T’s Belgravia’s residence. The tour guide explained that they had a policeman posted outside 24×7 – in case she got out.

  2. If only she was 20 years younger! I must say, coming from a staunch Labour family, I wasn’t a great fan, but looking back on such recent history, you see how much has changed. Much as she was forceful it was still government by Cabinet, where the PM was first amongst equals. Now we have a bunch of pansies cozying up on Blair’s sofa.

    One of Cameron’s biggest mistakes so far, I think, is not to tackle the legacy of Thatcher – which still arouses passions due to the almost civil war atmosphere of the miners strike and other things. And the tories still suffer for their act of treachery towards her. Even if people disliked Maggie, back-stabbers never prosper.

  3. My God! That’s not Maggie. Worst likeness I’ve seen in a long while. She looks like Alfred E. Neuman in a wig :0)

  4. Dawkins,

    you’re being disingenous. It’s not that bad.

    Personally, I like the Cromwell statue at Parliament very much, although I dare say there’s a few fenians around these parts that wouldn’t apreciate it.

  5. Richard,

    Whatever the fenians think, it’s a poor likeness of Mags. Who knows but that statue of Cromwell is too, but all his photographs were destroyed in the Blitz.

  6. I was a great fan, think she did a fantastic job for Britain. I am delighted the statue did not include that stupid handbag. Anyway congratulations to her…hopefully someone of her standing will appear in the arena soon.

  7. >>Whatever the fenians think, it’s a poor likeness of Mags<<

    Why worry about what the fenians think… there are more then enough sassanachs who weren’t too happy with her… don’t think she went down too well with those in NI either. She did after all bring in the Anglo-Irish agreement.

    Id probably support her on her Union breaking stance, but I think she was a little insensitive to those losing their jobs.

  8. Maggie is an idol. It is an enormous pity that women now dont have anyone remotely of that calibre as a role model. Whatever you think of her politics to have cut it in such an Old Boys network and held your own was really something.

    Im so proud that the first woman leader of a strong western democracy was a Brit.

    One of the best tributes ive ever read to her along those lines was by Leftie, Julie Birchill:-

    — her marriage to her Denis. How modern and feminist–triumphalist was that! — Queen Bee and Old Buffer. And how strange to find such a gender–flexible marriage on the Right, when it has always ostensibly been the Left that championed the rights of women; the right to stand by your man making goo–goo eyes at him, bake cookies on TV and overlook his ceaseless adultery, it seemed, judging by the behaviour of Cherie Blair (the first of the above rights) and Hillary Clinton (all three, sad cow). Denis, on the other hand, was so supremely self–confident/drunk that he didn’t give a fig about being seen as an alpha woman’s consort; with the quiet, amused, ceaseless tolerance of the little woman’s little ways typical of the real man, he was a tower of strength disguised as a bumbling buffoon — never the cretinous yes–man caricature portrayed by some weird lefties who, while paying lip service to feminism, seemed decidedly uncomfortable at the sight of a man walking behind a woman.

    -I didn’t like, of course, what she was doing to the miners. Since I was brought up a communist, my heart was with those heroes, fluttering with their beautiful banners, piping mournfully with their brass bands. But my head … my head was somewhere else, mutinously thinking even as I cheered them on: "Well, is it REALLY the best way for men to live their lives, like trolls or moles in the dark, dying young of lung disease?"

    -the level of criticism aimed at Margaret Thatcher was often unbelievably babyish and bullying. It highlighted a tendency that the Left has always pretended was a weakness of the Right — silliness about sex. I’ve noticed over the past few years that when some poor liberal clown wants to deal what he fondly imagines to be the "killer blow" to the Bush–Blair alliance, he’ll draw a cartoon of the Titan Two apparently bending, blowing, buggering and generally being gay with each other.

    -She was the longest–serving British Prime Minister of the 20th century because she retained our vote long after we seriously expected the policies to work, because of what she meant to our sense of nation; quite rightly, she believed that Britain should see itself as an important world player, easily as hard as the US, France and Germany

    -Margaret Thatcher has walked a hard and lonely path. She has done harsh things and had a great deal of faith in herself — and, being a woman, this more than anything is why she remains so unforgiven by certain sections of society.

    -And who can forget the caring, anti–sexist Labour Party and its 1983 "Ditch The Bitch" campaign? She got it from her own side, too — the drunken Tory grandee who asked her at a Number 10 luncheon while she was Edward Heath’s Education Minister if there was any truth in the rumour that she was a woman.

    At the same time of course you had Princess Di swanning around, useless but graceful. So to my mind you had some decent inspiration there. Now of course the best young women can hope for by way of inspiration is Britney Spears or Hilary Clinton.

  9. Bring back Maggie.

    There are a lot of people from all backgrounds with reasons to be less than endeared towards all of Cromwells legacy. He was not exactly a party guy.

  10. >>He was not exactly a party guy. <<

    Its not a bad film though, the one with Richard Harris in the lead role. Ironic an Irishman in that role.

    They did gloss him up a good bit in that film all the same

  11. Kloot,

    from a historical perspective that film is cringe-making, but Richard Harris is worth watching.


    all backgrounds? Surely the Jews can’t complain? It was Cromwell that repealed the laws against them and encouraged them back into the country.

  12. I recall Timothy Dalton in what was surely one of his first major roles. He had the makings of someone who’d go far. Maybe Bond was the undoing of him.

  13. >>I recall Timothy Dalton in what was surely one of his first major roles<<

    I think he was alright…

    Have you seen Hot Fuzz yet.. the new Simon Pegg movie. Hilarious and Tim has a class role in it…

  14. I *love* Simon Pegg – Spaced is one of my all time favs and yes Hot Fuzz is funny. Not as good as Spaced though

  15. Spaced is brilliant alright… I wasnt sure what to make of it after the first episode, but by the end of the second id ordered the 2 series online…

  16. Was’nt it Mrs T who said "There is no such thing as society"?

    Well, if that was a wish-fulfillment, she must be pleased how things have turned out!

  17. Bernard,

    have you ever read the whole interview in which she said that? This is one of the most mis-represented statements she ever said, which I might write something on for the blog.

    She did say that, she rejected the idea of "society" as an abstract thing, she saw instead real people.

    Now, if you lying in the gutter after being assaulted, would you like someone to walk by on the other side, saying "isn’t society terrible these days", or would you instead like someone to see you as a fellow human being and help you, like the good samaritan in the parable by Jesus?

    Read the article, you can find it via google I’m sure, but for your benefit she said:

    "There is no such thing as society. There is living tapestry of men and women and people and the beauty of that tapestry and the quality of our lives will depend upon how much each of us is prepared to take responsibility for ourselves and each of us prepared to turn round and help by our own efforts those who are unfortunate."

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