Thursday, April 11, 2013

Thatcher Funeral Guest List

Downing Street have just released the first names who will attend Thatcher’s funeral on Wednesday:

- All surviving former prime ministers
– All surviving former US Presidents and a Reagan family representative
– Hillary Clinton
– All surviving members of Lady Thatcher’s Cabinets
– The current Cabinet
– The Leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition
– President Manuel Barroso
– Sir Bernard and Lady Ingham
– Fredrick Forsyth CBE
– Former Prime Minister Mahathir of Malaysia
– A representative of Nelson Mandela

Some of those attending include:

– Mr & Mrs Michael Portillo
– Tony & Cherie Blair
– F.W. de Klerk
– Dame Shirley Bassey DBE
– Jeremy Clarkson
– Lord and Lady Lloyd Webber
– Lord and Lady Archer
– Lord Powell of Bayswater KCMG OBE
– Lord Carrington
– Prime Minister Harper of Canada
- Former Prime Minister Brian Mulrooney of Canada

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Grantham Man Gets Maggie Memorial Tattoo

It’s what she would have wanted.

Via @eljmayes

WATCH: Dave and Ed’s Thatcher Speeches in Full

Compare and Contrast

As Dave said “your generosity of spirit does you great wonders.”

Poor Got Richer Under Thatcher

One of Maggie’s many memorable memories from the House is her slap down of a young, snivelling Simon Hughes. Channel 4 FactCheck show that she was entirely right: wages went up across the whole spectrum, including for the poorest.

IFS figures show median earnings went up faster under Thatcher than under Major or during Blair’s second and third terms. Everyone got richer on Maggie’s Farm, including the poor. It comes down to this: would you rather be more equal but poorer, or less equal but better off?

Thatcher Tops Best PM Poll

An interesting poll for number crunchers in today’s Sun, not least because Margaret Thatcher is named as Britain’s most popular post-war PM. Dave scored a grand total of zero percent, suffering the indignity of coming behind Alec Douglas-Home. Tony Blair won three elections for the Labour Party but only 21% of Labour supporters felt he was the best post-war PM. Also notable that only 18 percent of Tories went for Churchill compared to 25%, 28% and 36% of Labour, LibDem and UKIP supporters respectively. The winner is clear…

Those results in full.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Guardian Poll Finds 50%-34% Support For Thatcher

The Guardian are saying the results of their ICM poll are “divided”. In electoral terms, that would be called a landslide…

Maggie’s Parting Words for Dave

More from Conor Burns today. On discussing the state of politics with the late Lady T:

“She made the observation that one of the problems, not just in Britain but around the world today, is that a lot of politicians think if they’ve made a speech, something has happened. She said the only thing that’s happened is they’ve made a speech.”

What was that “big speech on Europe”? How did that “big speech on immigration” go? 

WATCH: Conor Burns on Thatcher

“I remember telling her about the TUC congress selling the Thatcher death party packs, and she said that the fact that they still felt so strongly about her more than twenty years after she left Downing Street was a tribute to the fact that she had done something in politics, rather than simply been someone in politics.”

Their anguish sustained her…

UPDATE: “They hate her because she won.”

Via ITV.

Maggie’s Heirs

Thatcher once quipped that her greatest legacy was Tony Blair, and her prodigy did not let her down. It appears he was on first name terms by the end:

“Very few leaders get to change not only the political landscape of their country but of the world. Margaret was such a leader. Her global impact was vast. And some of the changes she made in Britain were, in certain respects at least, retained by the 1997 Labour Government, and came to be implemented by governments around the world. As a person she was kind and generous spirited and was always immensely supportive to me as Prime Minister although we came from opposite sides of politics. Even if you disagreed with her as I did on certain issues and occasionally strongly, you could not disrespect her character or her contribution to Britain’s national life. She will be sadly missed.”

Cameron hit the right notes yesterday and deliberately put down the markers to try and compare what he is doing with the Eighties, but you could argue Tone laid on more charm. Is he the true heir to Thatcher?


Seen Elsewhere

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Labour Spell New Adviser’s Name Wrong | ITV
Dave Stung by Jellyfish | Sun
City Minister’s Inheritance Tax Dodging Trusts | Indy
What I Would Have Done if I was Sarah Wollaston | Iain Dale
Boris is an Epic Europhile | Louise Mensch
Warsi Got PM to Confront “Secular Fundamentalism” | Fraser Nelson
Guardian April Fools Apology | Press Gazette


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Rod Liddle on the loony UN sexism special rapporteur:

“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.

Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).

Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.

I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”



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What’s he been doing FFS, mining bitcoins?


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