October 13, 2005

Happy Birthday, Baroness Thatcher!


Margaret Thatcher is celebrating her 80th birthday today.

Truly one of the giants of the 20th Century, she kick-starting a Britain mired in the swamp of Socialism and was instrumental in bringing down the Soviet Juggernaut.

When I was interning in Parliament, I got the opportunity to see the Iron Lady in action. I distinctly recall one Prime Minister's Question Time when Neil Kinnock, then head of the Labour Party, attempted to score some political points off Thatcher over whatever the issue du jour was. Her response to the screwball question he threw was so clear, powerful and heartfelt, that about thirty seconds into it Kinnock's jaw swung open and about fifteen seconds after that he simply sat down. The Tory benches were roaring away in support, Thatcher, having hit her stride, just kept pounding away at his assumptions and philosophies, and Kinnock could do nothing but sit and feebly shake his head. It was a truly awe-inspiring sight.

Posted by Robert at October 13, 2005 02:03 PM | TrackBack

Thatcher will be remembered along with Ronald Reagan and John Paul II as one of those most responsible for the end of Soviet Communism.

Posted by: LMC at October 13, 2005 02:49 PM

I still remember the cover of TIME on the 1983 election: "Maggie by a mile". Indeed.

Posted by: LMC at October 13, 2005 05:58 PM

Mrs Thatcher did more for england then did this sniveling whimp TONY BLAIR ever did

Posted by: spurwing plover at October 17, 2005 03:07 PM