Monday, 8 April 2013

Lady Thatcher

The greatest post-war Prime Minister, and thank God she was in office when Argentina invaded the Falklands. There are negatives, but they're for other times. My favourite scurrilous and apocryphal Spitting Image anecdote? The Prime Minister took her Cabinet out to dine at a conference restaurant. The Maitre d' approached her to order.

"I'll have the British steak"

"And the vegetables?" the Maitre asked

"They'll have the same."

17 comments:

Bill Quango MP said...

Greatest peacetime leader of the post war age. Can't be any doubt about that.

An equal feat is she managed to keep Neil Kinnock from number 10.
Something I see by his ITN vox pop a few moments ago his lordship has never quite got over.

BTW - check out old lightbulb head's wiki. No mention of his life peerage, and lifelong opposition to peerages, in the opening synopsis. One has to dig a bit deeper to find this bit of lefty hypocrisy in his profile.
I wonder if his grandkids go to private schools ?

Anonymous said...

"I wonder if his grandkids go to private schools ?"

That family have milked enough out of the UK and EU, they probably have private tutors.

Anonymous said...

"they probably have private tutors."

Individual tailoring - privately paid tutors per subject - nothing is too good for Labour hypocrites.

Margaret, I never got your personal and conflicted equivocation on and about Europe but at least you batted for Britain - that was never in doubt.
R.I.P. Maggie and bless you.

Scrobs... said...

Absolutely Bill Quango!

Kinnock withered at every confrontation, that's why he eventually re-appeared as some sort of flunky in Brussels.

Anonymous said...

Cranmer writes: Some will doubtless rejoice at the news, but very many more will mourn. They may not have agreed with all that the Iron Lady said or did, but the vast majority respected her as a woman of conviction and of principle; a woman who said what she thought and did what she said. Surveying the modern political scene of sophistry, duplicity, inconsistency and spin, she clearly belonged to another era.

http://www.archbishop-cranmer.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/margaret-thatcher-has-died-and-passed.html

She was right that the EU was heading towards federalism and all that entails.

DP111

DeeDee99 said...

Watching the tribute programmes last night, one couldn't help but compare her courage and principles with the duplicitous creatures who followed her.

And they're getting steadily worse with every 'new offering' from LibLabCON.

What pygmies they are.

G. Tingey said...

Although I think of myself as a left-wing conservative, I never trusted her, after she enjoyed destroyong the small but perfectly formed Brit space programme (no money in it this week, forget the "Investment" potential ....

Flaklands was, of course, in spite of her - she had announced defence cuts - which allowed the Dagoes to jump the gun.
All subsequent PM's have followed her traitorous example & continued to cut our defences.

Weekend Yachtsman said...

Yes that joke's an oldie but a goodie!

My favourite Maggie comment was this one: "People from my sort of background needed Grammar schools to compete with children from privileged homes, like Shirley Williams and Anthony Wedgwood Benn."

She was the greatest. R.I.P.

Oh, and Greg, don't you get a warm feeling from the fact that we can't afford a space programme because we're paying for the Indians to have one? (/sarcasm)

G. Tingey said...

W Y
No
Bitter disillusion.

For a different take on this, including some interesting comments:
http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2013/04/obituaries.html

Hilton Gray said...

I would say the greatest Prime Minister ever - period. Sorry Winston, but you were an opium smoking, war monger who had not the slightest ideas about diplomacy or finances, world war 2 made you, if you had been a peace time canbdidate people would have see through your rhetoric

Hilton Gray said...

I would say the greatest Prime Minister ever - period. Sorry Winston, but you were an opium smoking, war monger who had not the slightest ideas about diplomacy or finances, world war 2 made you, if you had been a peace time canbdidate people would have see through your rhetoric

Anon 2 said...

I like your approach, Raedwald. Thank you.


RIP

G. Tingey said...

Hilton Gray
Stupid, ignorant liar.
I suggest you look at the other offices of state WSC held ...
And, once heard, live, never forgotten - I was at his last public speech (I was 9 at the time)
So eff off.

As for greatest PM ever ... William Pitt the younger?
Benjamin the Isrealite?

Hilton Gray said...

Tingey you are a pathetic sop sold on the myth of Churchillian greatness, there are plenty of well researched books out there showing the man for what he was, an incompotent who newterd the british Navy as First Sea Lord, and then bungled and muddled his way through WW2, but ignorance is bliss, so you stay in your little Churchill fantasy world

Johnm said...

It's NEUTERED. But, as you said, ignorance is bliss.

Johnm said...

"Kinnock withered at every confrontation, that's why he eventually re-appeared as some sort of flunky in Brussels"

He was a very good speaker, but never got over the racism at the time.
Calling a person a "welsh windbag" is regarded today as the racism it so obviously was then.

G. Tingey said...

HG
At the outbreak of WWI,
Winston had the fleet ready, at sea, at effective "action stations".
He had, of course, beem helped by the man he picked from retirement: "Jacky" Fisher.
Before that he was a reforming Home Secretary, doing a great deal of good.
He was almost, but not quite the only voice to warn of the rise & danger of Adolf - noone else listened.
He also warned of the dangers of supra-nilitant islam, having been at the battle of Omdurman (etc).

SO:
PM success
Chancellor - fail
Home Secretary - success
First Lord - success
Minister of Munitions - success
Oh, writer & author in English - success [Nobel Prize, even! ]
And not a bad painter, either ....

Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world
Like a Colossus, and we petty men
Walk under his huge legs and peep about
To find ourselves dishonourable graves.