As Dave said “your generosity of spirit does you great wonders.”
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?
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…
The Guardian are saying the results of their ICM poll are “divided”. In electoral terms, that would be called a landslide…
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?
“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.”
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?
This tribute from the Heritage Foundation says it all. Guido was also amused to see that it was the US version of Buzzfeed, not the London office, who put together “Margaret Thatcher’s 19 Most Badass Moments”. Better late than never.
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Dave on selfie-gate:
“When a member of the Kinnock family asked me for a photograph I thought it only polite to say yes. Nelson Mandela had a history of bringing people together.”