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

Ed’s Constitutional Failure | ConHome
UKIP Poster Girl’s Naked Photos | Sun
Miliband’s Radical Old Labour Agenda | Fraser Nelson
Meet Team Miliband | Dan Hodges
Run Boris Run | Times
Tories Pledge to End Onshore Windfarm Subsidy | Telegraph
Labour’s Plan to Attack Part-Time Boris | Standard
Ex-Sun Hack Cleared After 582 Days on Bail | MediaGuido
11 Times Boris Denied He Would Stand for Parliament | Buzzfeed
Attacking UKIP’s Posters is Counter-Productive | Guardian
Sarkozy Tried it on With Hollande’s Ex | Times


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A confused Nick Griffin says Nigel Farage is a shill for the City, forgetting that City banks want to stay in the EU:

“Farage is a snake oil salesman, but a very good one. His supposed anti-immigration stance is all smoke and mirrors, as is his carefully cultivated image as a ‘man of the people’. The truth is that UKIP is a pro-immigration party that exists to lobby for the interests of the City of London.”



Nick Clegg says:

Do you want lies with that?


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