Monday, April 14, 2014

Hush Luvvies

Guido understands that Sajid Javid is off this week to the government art collection to decorate DCMS, but there is already good news for arts luvvies who have been sounding off about the new supposedly “philistine” Culture Secretary’s credentials.

The hippies will be pleased to know that virtually the first thing that the newly promoted Secretary of State did upon entering the Culture Ministry last week was hang a painting he owns in his office.

Of Maggie.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

International Women’s Day: Political History for Ingénues

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To read some of the tweets from Labour politicians today you would think that is was their party that led the emancipation of women. Younger readers may be unaware of the political history.  All of the above listed in that 1979 election poster culminated in this:

Worth taking a look at a new website launching today ConservativeWoman.co.uk.

Happy International Women’s Day!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Quote of the Day

The Belgravia Gallery reports:

“Having been asked by Nelson Mandela’s art publisher to represent his work,drawings mainly of Robben Island, we had the privilege of spending a morning with Mandela when he was signing the lithographs at his home in Johannesburg in December 2002. He delighted us with stories about a number of well known British personalities over the years when he was president. Perhaps the most surprising was his description of Margaret Thatcher as “Motherly” and he remembered how she had poured him tea and they had discussed various ailments and how after he returned home, she had sent him herbal remedies.”

Saturday, December 7, 2013

When Maggie Told Botha to Free Nelson Mandela

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When on Thursday night this blog put up a picture of Margaret Thatcher and Nelson Mandela together the abuse on Twitter from some quarters was more self righteous than Guido can recall ever before. It was also wrong.

The myth that Thatcher (and her admirers) supported apartheid is one of the core beliefs of the Comrade Blimpish left. Charles Moore touched on it in The Telegraph this morning. It is a false charge and Nelson Mandela himself was in no doubt – saying of Margaret Thatcher in July 1990 only a few months after his release: “She is an enemy of apartheid… We have much to thank her for.”

Mandela knew that for years behind the scenes she had been arguing with the South African apartheid regime for his release. Written evidence of her lobbying only came to light decades later when the ANC government released a now declassified secret 1985 letter from Margaret Thatcher to P. W. Botha. Comrade Blimp-types just won’t accept the fact that she did more to encourage the end of apartheid than Paul Weller and Billy Bragg. They’re wrong.

Read the entire letter here

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Maggie’s Children Unimpressed With Autumn Statement
Burns: ‘We are Dying a Third More Slowly’

Speaking at a packed London fundraiser for the Margaret Thatcher Centre last night, Maggie’s representative on earth, Conor Burns, cut through the euphoria being felt in some parts of the Conservative Party this morning:

“I am convinced if Margaret Thatcher were still here today, if she and Keith Joseph and all the others that set off on that radical revolution from 1979, if they were here today, they would be thinking that their principles – those of personal responsibility, freedom under the rule of law, taxation that incentivises people to do better –  could equally be applied to the challenges of the next thirty years as they so successfully applied them to the challenges of the thirty years after they set off.

Tomorrow we will have the Autumn Statement, the government will congratulate itself on some if it’s successes. we will be told we maybe borrowing maybe ten billion fewer than we thought we might be borrowing a year ago. We will be told the deficit is down by a third, it’s all good news but it’s like going to the doctor and the doctor telling you that you are dying a third more slowly. This is not exactly a universal cause for celebration.”

Somehow Guido can’t picture Osborne using that particular analogy this morning.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Tory Tots Tribute to Maggie

Tory conference delegates will have been on the edge of their train seats waiting to find out what the new ‘Maggie Shop’ would be selling. Well you can’t say Craig Oliver’s tribute hasn’t exhausted every possibility of Lady T merchandise. It’s, er, what she would have wanted?

Saturday, September 28, 2013

WATCH: Cameron Tribute to ‘Our Maggie’

A ten minute tribute to coincide with the launch of a Margaret Thatcher shop tomorrow. The Tories are quick to credit Craig Oliver with the idea…

Monday, July 29, 2013

CCHQ Out of Millbank in January

As Guido revealed in yesterday’s Sun column, the Tories will move CCHQ in January from Millbank to Matthew Parker Street behind the QEII Conference Centre in Westminster. After the students smashed up Millbank in 2011, their insurance bill soared. All three major parties will have moved since 2010 by the next election. Their new building doesn’t have a name yet, but Guido imagines the focus groups will stop them having the balls to christen it Margaret Thatcher House. Global Race for Hard-working People House just isn’t very catchy…

Maggie Funeral Final Cost: £1,205,809

The final figures are out: Margaret Thatcher’s funeral cost £261,976, plus £943,833 for security. A total of £1,205,809, or 1.9p per person. Worth remembering again how it was reported by some at the time:

For some reason the final figure hasn’t made the front page…

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Maggie’s EU-Turn

A very interesting revelation from Charles Moore at last night’s Speccie event at Cadogan Hall: Maggie wanted Britain to leave the EU after she left office. According to Moore it “became her view… after the Maastricht Treaty in 1992″, but was kept quiet on the advice of her advisers. Judging by the reaction to Lord Lawson’s comments yesterday, you can bet Tory MPs will be taking note…


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