Margaret Thatcher


When a pal told me the news today I really had no intention of commenting on the demise of the woman. However I think I owe it to the miners, the unions, the soldiers’, sailors and airmen of the UK and Argentina, the poor, the dispossessed and the folk who will go to their graves under the shadow of the woman’s policies. In some ways I view her legacy as the closest the UK has come to being dominated by Fascist rule since 1939.

Mrs Thatcher quoted St Francis of Assisi when she arrived in Downing Street for the first time as Britain’s first female prime minister on May 4, 1979.

After securing a 43-seat majority to depose Labour’s Jim Callaghan she told TV crews:

‘Where there is discord, may we bring harmony. Where there is error, may we bring truth. Where there is doubt, may we bring faith. And where there is despair, may we bring hope.’

I wonder what St Francis would have made of it all.


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3 Responses to Margaret Thatcher

  1. Margaret Heather Scrafton says:

    St Francis must’ve been spinning in his grave when she quoted him.

  2. Zarnie says:

    He would have said or written,
    ‘Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love.’

    And had he witnessed fascism, he would be probably pretty disappointed that you cheapen that evil by comparing a democratically voted prime minister of a free country with it.

    • Grumpy Jack says:

      Perhaps the folk who still suffer from the policies of that era would disagree however it is a legitimate point. I am unsure why you appear to compare my comments to cheapening evil however.

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