Mrs Thatcher was probably one of the most divisive prime ministers in the 20th century.
Whilst she did do some things that I never agreed with I thought she took a country that was on it’s knees through years of weak government, union torment, poor business management and a criminal lack of investment and completely turned it round. I remember those pre-Thatcher days and they were truly awful.
She was a commitment not a focus-group politician who did what she believed in, always put Britain first and took on the male establishment and beat it. Say what you will but she was a truly remarkable person hence the state funeral (or as close as a commoner can get) and the world-wide plaudits.
I was born in a council prefab (we couldn’t even get a council house), went to a secondary modern school and had no access to family money or influence. Success didn’t come easy for me but much of what I have achieved was made possible because of the Britain Mrs Thatcher created. For that I am truly grateful.
Anyway, to celebrate the great lady here are my douzey-dozen Baroness Thatcher quotes – enjoy.
- Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.
- If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.
- I love argument. I love debate. I don’t expect anyone just to sit there and agree with me – that’s not their job
- If you want to cut your own throat, don’t come to me for a bandage.
- 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
- Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They always run out of other people’s money.
- Pennies don’t fall from heaven, they have to be earned here on earth.
- I came to office with one deliberate intent: to change Britain from a dependent to a self-reliant society — from a give-it-to-me, to a do-it-yourself nation. A get-up-and-go, instead of a sit-back-and-wait-for-it Britain.
- There’s no such thing as society. There are individual men and women and there are families
- I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end
- Defeat? I do not recognise the meaning of the word
- My policies are based not on some economics theory, but on things I and millions like me were brought up with: an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay; live within your means; put by a nest egg for a rainy day; pay your bills on time; support the police.
Late in her life I was lucky enough to find myself in the same place as her. Long after her prime and despite her illness her charisma and power seeped from every pore.
RIP Margaret Thatcher.