Monday, May 4, 2009

A Lady Not For Turning

. Monday, May 4, 2009

The Old Testament prophets didn't say 'Brothers, I want consensus'. They said "This is my passion, my vision. If you believe it too, come with me! If you want consensus, vote Labour. If you want the passion and vision to get Britain right, vote Conservative. — Margaret Thatcher, Cardiff, 1979


Thirty years ago today, Lady Thatcher became Prime Minister of Great Britain. You can read the Daily Telegraph tribute here.

Margaret Thatcher is one of my political heroes. While I was formulating my political philosophy (and I won't tell you how young I was at that stage), I read her memoirs, The Path to Power and The Downing Street Years . I freely admit that at that stage, I didn't understand much of her economic theory, aside of course from the shocking mismanagement of SOEs (state-owned enterprises, for the uninitiated). But I did understand her values, her pride in Britain, her unshakable resolve to back the workers and not the shirkers, her devotion to duty, hard work, thrift, and the values of a Methodist upbringing.

She said Conservatism was not so much a programme, more a way of life. She said Communism was a godless and wicked ideology. She said Galleitri was a tin-pot General, and a playground bully, who would not tyrannise over the Queen's subjects while she was the Prime Minister. She quite simply, saved Britain from Socialism, and with Mr. Reagan, the West from the Soviet Union. She always gives him the Lion's share of the credit, but it was Maggie he turned to, Maggie who backed him, pushed him, supported him. Maggie deserves at least half the credit.

A tough, passionate, and Conservative Lady, she has changed the world. In her memoirs, she has a number of regrets. But the Iron Lady dealt the death blow to Socialism, crushing Scargill and his malcontent shirkers, saving the economy, she put the Great back into Great Britain. She writes that the challenges facing the West are great. Terrorism, rogue States, the break-down of family, the expansion of the government into family life. Welfare reform, standards in education, the reconstruction of civil society, not to mention that our economic troubles have come full circle once more. These are our challenges, and we could go a long way without finding a better model of solving them than Margaret Thatcher - the "lady's not for turning", we could do with her type again.

Baroness Thatcher, you are a Conservative heroine. The Monarchist salutes you on this, the 30th anniversary of your rise to power. Light the Torch of Freedom!


Tweedsmuir said...

This post is a re-work of "Pitt's" tribute to Lady Thatcher on her 80th birthday posted at T.M back in 2005.

Timothy Belmont said...

I still miss the Great Lady. She could have knocked spots off the lot of 'em nowadays. Brown looks absolutely pathetic by comparison. Margaret Thatcher had more integrity and honour in her bones than Brown and his left-wing sycophants could ever dream of. Lady Thatcher, I salute you.


Gladstone said...

I wouldn't say Thatcher and Reagan saved the world from 'socialism' (and I have some major criticisms for Mr. Reagan, but that's another topic entirely). What they did was pull the Soviet Union into an arms race that the communist economy simply couldn't take. They stopped communism, an entirely different thing than socialism.

Socialism, like most things in moderation, is a rather innocent, sometimes even helpful and noble, political concept. When executed correctly, socialism is just fine. The Scandinavian kingdoms are both monarchies and socialist, and they work quite well by all appreciable measures. It's when socialism is taken too far that problems arise, and we call that communism. Similar to how patriotism is a good thing, but taken too far it can make you the same as the Nazis or the Imperial Japanese.

All good things in moderation.


Gladstone said...

Ah, I seem to have forgotten my comment about Lady Thatcher.

In any case, a toast to the grand old lady. Though I may have disagreed with her on some things, she was still a splendid and principled leader, and I have a lot of respect for someone like that in these troubled times!

Cheers again,

ミゲル said...

Congratulations for this great post!! Needless to say that Baroness Thatcher was one of Britain's greatest Prime-Minister!!

I also want to say that this is one of the greatest blogs about the british monarchist movement!

Greetings from a Portuguese monarchist!!

J.K. Baltzersen said...

Congratulations to the Baroness!

Is it really five years since that silver anniversary dinner in downtown London? My, my, time does fly.

alison said...

Great summary post. My thoughts exactly.

Lord Best said...

I used to despise her with a passion, I have to say though, watching this Labour government you have in the UK she looks a damn sight better than she did a few years ago. Not physically of course, what.
Unfortunately a leader who rules with an iron fist tends to drain the party, witness the Conservative collapse. The same has happened here in Australia with John Howard, and he was not even half as competent as Thatcher. I dare say the same will happen in the US with the Republicans.

Anonymous said...

Femme du monde ou bien putain
Qui bien souvent êtes les mêmes
Femme normale, star ou boudin,
Femelles en tout genre je vous aime
Même à la dernière des connes,
Je veux dédier ces quelques vers
Issus de mon dégoût des hommes
Et de leur morale guerrière
Car aucune femme sur la planète
N' s'ra jamais plus con que son frère
Ni plus fière, ni plus malhonnête
A part peut-être Madame Thatcher

Femme je t'aime parce que
Lorsque le sport devient la guerre
Y'a pas de gonzesse ou si peu
Dans les hordes de supporters
Ces fanatiques, fous-furieux
Abreuvés de haines et de bières
Déifiant les crétins en bleu,
Insultant les salauds en vert
Y'a pas de gonzesse hooligan,
Imbécile et meurtrière
Y'en a pas même en Grande Bretagne
A part bien sûr Madame Thatcher

Femme je t'aime parce que
Une bagnole entre les pognes
Tu n' deviens pas aussi con que
Ces pauvres tarés qui se cognent
Pour un phare un peu amoché
Ou pour un doigt tendu bien haut
Y'en a qui vont jusqu'à flinguer
Pour sauver leur autoradio
Le bras d'honneur de ces cons-là
Aucune femme n'est assez vulgaire
Pour l'employer à tour de bras
A part peut être Madame Thatcher

Femme je t'aime parce que
Tu vas pas mourir à la guerre
Parc' que la vue d'une arme à feu
Fait pas frissonner tes ovaires
Parc' que dans les rangs des chasseurs
Qui dégomment la tourterelle
Et occasionnellement les Beurs,
J'ai jamais vu une femelle
Pas une femme n'est assez minable
Pour astiquer un revolver
Et se sentir invulnérable
A part bien sûr Madame Thatcher

C'est pas d'un cerveau féminin
Qu'est sortie la bombe atomique
Et pas une femme n'a sur les mains
Le sang des indiens d'Amérique
Palestiniens et arméniens
Témoignent du fond de leurs tombeaux
Qu'un génocide c'est masculin
Comme un SS, un torero
Dans cette putain d'humanité
Les assassins sont tous des frères
Pas une femme pour rivaliser
A part peut être Madame Thatcher

Femme je t'aime surtout enfin
Pour ta faiblesse et pour tes yeux
Quand la force de l'homme ne tient
Que dans son flingue ou dans sa queue
Et quand viendra l'heure dernière,
L'enfer s'ra peuplé de crétins
Jouant au foot ou à la guerre,
A celui qui pisse le plus loin
Moi je me changerai en chien si je peux rester sur la Terre
Et comme réverbère quotidien
Je m'offrirai Madame Thatcher

Anonymous said...

General Galtieri, not Gallietri.

MadMonarchist said...

One of my favorite Thatcher quotes was on the occasion of the anniversary of the French Revolution (boo! hiss!) in which she said (I paraphrase) that 'liberty, equality and fraternity had not been invented at the time of the French Revolution, nor have they been particularly notable in achieving it'. Priceless.

Anonymous said...

My favourite quote by Margaret Thatcher is:

"The Queen is the sort of women that would vote for the SDP (Socialist Democratic Party)".

"I have fought against the welfare state only to meet every Tuesday with the Queen of the welfare".

I suppose that is fair enough, given the Queen hated Maggie, saying she "cordinally disliked" her and evem described her as "a bit of a Frost".

J.K. Baltzersen said...

Mrs. Thatcher may have fought against the socalled welfare state.

As Prof. Paul Gottfried noted in his After Liberalism, however, the socalled welfare state was left completely intact when she left office.

I sincerely doubt if Her Britannic Majesty had anything to do with that in any significant sense.

Anonymous said...

To the above Anonymous, I can only say huzzah for our Queen and would happily pelt Thatcher with rotten tomatoes, the bitch.

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Loyal Subject: Queen Elizabeth: A stranger in her own country
Reverence Deference: Bowing and Scraping Back in Tradition
Rex Murphy: Kennedy, Churchill, Lincoln - The rousing bon mot is no more
Gerald Warner: Don't shed a tear for Diana cult in its death throes
The End of Grandeur: Rich, chincy Canada puts Strathmore on the blocks
Confessions of a Republican Leftie: "The Queen charmed the pants off me"
The King's Own Calgary Regiment: Cpl. Nathan Hornburg is laid to rest
The Royal Gurkha Rifles: Prince William grieves the death of Major Roberts
Queensland Mounted Rifles: Trooper David Pearce, 41, killed in Afghanistan
The Order of Canada: 100 investitures later, Canada's highest honour turns 40
Prince Edward on Prince Edward Island: Troop's link to monarchy important
HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN: Unveils the UK Armed Forces Memorial
Great Britain: "A rotten borough with a banana monarchy" - by Europhile
Peers of the Realm: The decline and fall of the House of Lords - Charles A. Coulombe
Remembering 'Smithy': An obituary tour de force by Andrew Cusack here, here and here.
NOT AMUSED: Her Majesty The Queen in Right of Quebec not invited to Quebec's tercentenary