04 May 1979: Margaret Thatcher Became Britain's Prime Minister!
In 1990, 11 years later, she resigned after betrayal from dissident conservatives. The video below is titled “Thatcher’s Last Stand Against Socialism”, where she fires off her predictable shots across the socialist bow.
In the South African context: She bluntly takes on socialists for being happier the poorer the poor get. Put differently, socialists arn't happy if the quality of life for the poor is improved, and you can only do so, by improving the quality of life for all, including the rich; but socialists are happier the poorer the poor are, and somehow think nirvana utopia will manifest when the gap between the poor and rich, has been eliminated, by bringing the rich down to the level of the poor.
So perhaps we should all be working on our Solzhenitsyn Gulag writing skills?
According to her fans, the Iron Lady did not govern by polls. She was one of the most consistent leaders of the 20th century. She was tough and honest. Naturally, those who hated her disagree. Decide for yourself, please.
Few Iron Lady Quotes:
In 1976, Mrs. Thatcher said this:
“There are moments in our history when we have to make a fundamental choice.This is one such moment: a moment when our choice will determine the life or death of our kind of society, and the future of our children. Let’s ensure that our children will have cause to rejoice that we did not forsake their freedom.”
Telegraph: Margaret Thatchers Revolution 30 Years On
Mrs Thatcher learnt very quickly to turn her outsider status to advantage. Declaring that she didn't know much about economics but did understand a household budget was an election strategy of genius. It allied her with the victims of strikes and disruption, those who had to make ends meet, the "hard-working families" of modern parlance who had to put aside doubts if they were to vote for her. However bizarre it may seem to have a woman in charge, they reasoned, she talked sense and should be given a chance: she couldn't be worse than the men.....
It was a fantastic and terrifying experience. Come to a meeting not properly briefed and you'd be mincemeat, and rightly so. Get something right and she would praise you embarrassingly in public. With a blue-eyed stare that could turn men to stone, she would snap out orders and expect them delivered. Once, in a cold spell in January 1987, she insisted that no vagrant was to be found frozen to the pavements and I was given the job. We managed it, with the help of the charities and an open purse, a now-forgotten episode entirely to her credit; the Rough Sleepers initiative was the outcome. No inquiries, no reviews, no soundbites, no pointless legislation: just get on and do it.
The Scotsman: Thatcher: 30 Years On
THIRTY years on from her becoming Britain's first woman prime minister, the very mention of Margaret Thatcher's name seldom leaves people unmoved, one way or another. .....
But popularity was never really an issue, suggests Michael Forsyth, a minister in the Thatcher government and later a Conservative secretary of state for Scotland. "The thing you have to understand about Margaret Thatcher is that she never cared about what people said about her, but she did care what people said about her country," says Forsyth, today Baron Forsyth of Drumlean. "She was not a focus-group politician.
"If you're saying did she do things that were unpopular – well, as whoever wins the next general election is going to discover, when the economy is going down the pan and you have to make tough and difficult decisions, you will not find popularity. But if you get them right, you might get respect."
Margaret Thatcher Foundation: www.margaretthatcher.org