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.