Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher — paragon of courage

Margaret Thatcher

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.


9 thoughts on “Margaret Thatcher — paragon of courage

  1. I was brought up in the Thatcher years. She came into power in 79 and I left school in 1982. At the time I was one of the ones who hated her as she closed down the coal mines, steel works, ship yards, cotton mills and lots of other industries besides due to cheaper goods from other parts of Europe.
    When I left school unemployment was high amongst us kids. I was brought up in a working class/ high unemployment neighbourhood, so it was natural to hate the woman who (at the time) we blamed.
    Now I’m 46 years old and much wiser. Only recently I watched the movie ‘Iron Lady’ and I cried as it brought all them memories of the miner’s strikes and the bombing of the Grand Hotel, the IRA, The Falklands conflict, the closures, all came flooding back. It was part of me, that was my era, my eyes on the world as a very young teenager.
    Now I wish she was back; back to rescue Britain from the misery that it’s now become through the mismanagement of Tony Blair’s labour party and the ultra mass immigration of people who hate our world and the west. My old country is now a safe haven for war criminals and terrorists who have the freedom to preech their hatred of of our country on our streets; the freedom our forefathers died fighting for. And our freedom to counter protest or even complain is pronounced as inciting racial hatred. That was Tony Blair’s legacy to Britain. Freedom of speech but only for minorities who hate the west.
    She was the Iron lady and she was strong, much stronger than any politician living today. I wish she was in her prime again now to take Britain back for the British people. And I wish New Zealand could manifest someone like her too, say ‘no’ and mean ‘no’. Instead we have a gutless PM who’ll say one thing for the TV cameras then do a back door deal of appeasement with a separatist minority.
    RIP Mrs Thatcher. You were great, but it took me a long time to realise how great you were.

  2. I also was a bit young but as I got older and learned what ‘Poll Tax’ was, I couldn’t help thinking how much more fair that was as opposed to the system we have here. Then I thought if she was right about that, what else was she right about? I am not from the UK, so did not know the full story anyway, just that apparently “everyone” hated her. It was fashionable in those times to hate her even though most knew little or nothing about her.

  3. I admired her too. One thing I could never understand was why the loss of the coal mining industry was ‘her fault’. From the 1950’s It had been obvious to anyone with half a brain that coal mining in Britain was becoming uneconomic and would only become worse. The best and easiest to reach coal was gone, the demand for coal was dropping, coal pollution was becoming an issue.
    What should have occurred was for the companies, the miners and their unions and the governments to have got together from the 1950’s and worked out an exit strategy for everyone from the industry. They would have had 20 – 30 years to soften the blow. Instead the unions dug in their heels and successive governments (including Labour ones) ignored the issue until the whole mess got dumped on Thatchers desk at the very end.

  4. R.I.P Maggie. I was a child in the colonies during her tenure.
    Love the quote “Socialism is great, but eventually you run out of other peoples money” or words to that effect.

    Sad that the movie about her tried to portray her as mentally unsound. But that’s revisionism for you.

  5. I too was a great admirer of Maggie Thatcher. Like you said John, she really had guts and stood up for what she believed was right for the country and not her own re-election chances. She was an example to all our current wishy washy appeasing politicians without spines.

    Britain is so much the poorer since she left politics and, yes, they could desperately do with a Maggie Thatcher now to pull them out of the mire. So could we, come to that!!

    She deserves a State funeral and nothing less would do. She was brilliant but I hope she now rests in peace.

  6. John, she was the ultimate “woman who thinks like a man” and the person I was thinking of when I coined that phrase.

    1. Quite. Ironically she modelled the ‘strong father’ stereotype, while Key (and nearly all other politicians) models the ‘soft mother’.

      Perhaps we should call Maggie a ‘Tiger mum’?

  7. This woman was nothing short of magnificent. If only there was someone like her on our political landscape. Sadly, there is no one here who comes close.

    I was in the UK in 1985 during the Miners Strike and saw first hand, how things should be done.

    I dispair at the cowardly political leadership that this country has had to endure for decades. For me, Mrs Thatcher’s death, is a stark reminder of that.

  8. Hear, hear, Ned. Love her or hate her, nobody could deny that what she did was for her country and not for her own re-election chances. She was an example to us all and above had spine which is sadly lacking in the wimps who have governed us of late.

    She certainly deserves the farewell she is getting. Good on the British. They know how to do it.

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