My favourite conviction politician has died.
From time to time, the financial and confrontational pressures of this campaign threaten to overwhelm me.
In these moments, the historical figure I think of, and whose courage inspires me to keep going, is Margaret Thatcher, the grocer’s daughter who stood up to militant miners, Argentinian generals and IRA bombers.
The Marxist-pessimist losers hated Maggie’s guts. That’s because she had guts — the guts to do what’s right.
If our snivelling excuses for leaders had an ounce of Maggie’s guts, we wouldn’t be surrending our country to Griever thugs and extortionists.
Like that other great Briton who scorned the appeasement of bullies, Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher is being given the rare honour of a state funeral — the first for a prime minister since Sir Winston’s in 1965.
Her enemies will sneer, but I will cheer — grateful, along with millions of her countrymen, for her mediocrity-defying example of honesty, optimism and spine.
My favourite Thatcher quote:
“To those waiting with bated breath for that favourite media catchphrase, the U-turn, I have only one thing to say:
You turn if you want to. The lady’s not for turning.”
Margaret Thatcher: thank you for showing us how to stand up.