The real legacy of Margaret Thatcher

Posted by: Phineas on January 16, 2012 at 1:17 pm

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With the release of “The Iron Lady,” there’s been a renewed interest in the person and political career of Margaret Thatcher, in my opinion the second-greatest (1) British Prime Minister of the 20th century. The film has received mixed reviews (also) generally crediting Meryl Streep for a great performance that lifted a problematic script. I haven’t seen the film, myself, so can’t comment on how accurate it is.

The Heritage Foundation, however, was concerned that the film would underplay the great things Thatcher accomplished in Britain by resolutely applying conservative principles. So, they produced this short video reminding us of the Iron Lady’s legacy:

(1) Winston Churchill will always be the greatest. Always.

PS: Sorry about the non-posting this weekend, folks. The NFL playoffs took priority. How ’bout them 49ers?

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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5 Responses to “The real legacy of Margaret Thatcher”


  1. Marshall Art says:

    She. Is. Awesome!

  2. Kent Jenkins says:

    I have been an admiring reader of yours for a year or so and this is my first response to one of your articles….

    I can not get excited with a team who represents an area that houses Nazi Pelousy .

  3. Great White Rat says:

    Phineas is right: after Churchill, she was the greatest British leader of the century.

    History sometimes brings together just the right people, at just the right time, to accomplish something remarkable. The 1980s were such a time: Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, Pope John Paul II, Vaclav Havel, Lech Walesa. These champions of liberty together had the courage and will to set in motion the forces that toppled the Soviet empire and freed hundred of millions of people. How we could use even one of them in a leadership position to confront the problems we face today…but I doubt we will see their likes again in our lifetimes.

  4. Aarradin says:

    I make a point of pissing off my Euroweenie friends by ALWAYS referring to Margaret Thatcher as “the last man in Europe.”

  5. Glenn Bergen says:

    Mrs Thatcher is one of my favorite English PMs. I happened to be in Great Britain when she called the “quick election” (May-June 1983). The basing of Pershing missiles was a big campaign issue. A candidate for Labor wrote a letter to a London newspaper suggesting that if HE were prime minister; He would consult The Soviet gov’t on the optimal locations for basing Pershing missiles in Britain. Maggy Thatcher had a letter rebutting the Labor Party on this issue; saying it was none of the Soviet’s business where Pershing missiles were based in England. I was spending my evenings watching BBC watching Labor Party ratings sink like a rock, drinking warm beer and laughing my head off.