Baroness Thatcher - our greatest Prime Minister, who put the "Great" back into Britain - died peacefully earlier today.
Without knowing it she changed my life. We lived in a council house. My
parents were able to buy it and become home-owners, something they never
thought they could do. They became share-owners too. She gave them
opportunities they could realise - for themselves and for their sons.
It is with regret I never got the chance to meet her. Had I met Margaret Thatcher I would stand and applaud her. And thank her.
"We have become a grandmother" was Margaret Thatcher's statement to the press in 1989, on the birth of her first grandchild.
use of the 'royal we' (the 'pluralis majestatis' or 'majestic plural')
had previously been restricted to royalty. Its use by a mere prime
minister and Thatcher's imperious personal manner were the source of
considerable disdain at the time. "We are not amused".
The clowning of Neil Kinnock - "that man" was as unelectable as Michael Foot.
The reform of the labour party. You thought New Labour was a Blair thing?
Crushing the NUM.
Putting the Great back into Britain.