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'Motherly' Margaret Thatcher cleaned bodyguard's shoes and tidied their rooms
Telegraph ^ | November 2, 2012 | Hannah Furness

Posted on 11/03/2012 11:05:07 AM PDT by billorites

Former Prime Minister and "Iron Lady" Margaret Thatcher had a motherly side, cleaning dirt from her bodyguard’s shoes and putting up Christmas decorations to make staff feel at home, her former protection officer has revealed.

History and popular literature has depicted former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher as a formidable Iron Lady, putting politics before her personal life and not suffering fools gladly.

But a new account of her life, written by her bodyguard of 20 years, has claimed to shed light on a caring, motherly side hidden from the general public.

Special Branch detective Barry Strevens told a newspaper his heart “sank” when he originally discovered who he would be protecting.

But from first meeting, when Baroness Thatcher “fussed” over him following a minor motoring accident, he claims he was won over.

Mr Strevens claims he was “taken aback” by her “motherly” concern, as she sought to put him at ease and look after his welfare.

Once, he claims, she even kindly wiped dog dirt after a police sergeant inadvertently walked it into her apartment on his shoe.

Writing in the Sun, Mr Strevens describes how Baroness Thatcher decorated the bleak outbuilding at Chequers he was living in for Christmas, tidying up the mess left behind by a previous shift of officers and putting up tinsel and leaving him presents to cheer him up

Saying she left a tin of biscuits, a flask of hot coffee and a miniature bottle of whisky for him, he added: “On the mantelpiece was a Christmas card with a message inside thanking me for ‘all that you do’.”

He said he was “incredibly touched” by the gesture, which comforted him while he was away from his own wife and children over the festive season.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


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'a colleague had once feared getting into trouble after accidentally treading in dog mess outside and walking over a white carpet.

the Prime Minister reassured him with the words "Never mind, we're in the country now," before getting on her “hands and knees” to scrub his shoes and carpet with soap and water.'

Ask yourself, "What would Barry do?"

1 posted on 11/03/2012 11:05:12 AM PDT by billorites
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To: billorites
Seems leftists are always hatin' on the virtuous.

God bless the Lady Thatcher.

2 posted on 11/03/2012 11:07:31 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: billorites

Nice story!


3 posted on 11/03/2012 11:08:07 AM PDT by fabian (" And a new day will dawn for those who stand long, and the forests will echo with laughter"you min)
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To: billorites

What a contrast. Hillary Clinton used to try to make the Secret Service scrub the unremovable stains from her industrial knickers!


4 posted on 11/03/2012 11:10:15 AM PDT by Harley (Those that don't engage in politics are destined to be governed by inferiors. -Plato)
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To: skeeter

It’s what you do when no one’s watching, and there are no photo-ops to be offered or taken, that is what really takes the measure of you as a man or a woman. I am not surprised by this story, just delighted all these years later.
She was the real thing.


5 posted on 11/03/2012 11:10:46 AM PDT by supremedoctrine
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To: billorites

Motherly? I would say DECENT —she treated her subordinates decently.

This article has this amazed tone because a core liberal assumption is that conservatives are not simply misguided or wrong but are seen as consciously choosing EVIL over good —a very simplified view.

I’m not a big W fan, but he treated them this way also. And so did Reagan.

Ever hear the SS talk about CARTER? Or Hillary? She once hit her limo driver in the back of his head with a Bible for NOT running a red light during a drive following church during the Monica Mess.


6 posted on 11/03/2012 11:11:40 AM PDT by gaijin
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To: billorites

Wish Maggie was ours. GB was lucky to have her. WOW, What A Lady! Dang, I’m Gonna Claim Her for America. God Bless You, Maggie!


7 posted on 11/03/2012 11:13:21 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: billorites
This is the image of her that sticks with me.


8 posted on 11/03/2012 11:14:12 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: billorites

“popular literature has depicted former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher as a formidable Iron Lady, putting politics before her personal life and not suffering fools gladly”
*****
Literature written by a bunch of liberals who no doubt resented her for her convictions, courage and class.


9 posted on 11/03/2012 11:14:22 AM PDT by Starboard
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to clarify ... GB means Great Britain
10 posted on 11/03/2012 11:14:55 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: billorites

These anecdotes about Lady Thatcher mirror those of Secret Service agents who’ve shared their experiences working for Democrat versus Republican presidents.

They uniformly praise and fondly remember their days with Republicans, while recounting horror stories of their times with Democrats.


11 posted on 11/03/2012 11:22:06 AM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: billorites

SAVE


12 posted on 11/03/2012 11:22:35 AM PDT by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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To: billorites

Barry would walk out front like he did after the Beer Summit. Attorney General John Ashcroft shoveled snow for his neighbors in DC.


13 posted on 11/03/2012 11:23:49 AM PDT by taterjay
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To: billorites

She is a conservative. Conservatives are just good, decent people who take care of themselves and do their best for others. Makers, not takers.


14 posted on 11/03/2012 11:28:59 AM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: billorites

Given the constant load of crap she received for decades from the BBC, the Guardian, etc., she was not thrown off by the incident.


15 posted on 11/03/2012 11:30:53 AM PDT by DeaconBenjamin (A trillion here, a trillion there, soon you're NOT talking real money)
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To: billorites
Ask yourself, "What would Barry do?"

iPOD loaded with a bunch of his speeches. Plus a bust of Winston Churchill, slightly used.
16 posted on 11/03/2012 11:34:35 AM PDT by tanknetter
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To: billorites

Thank you for posting this. I have always adored her.


17 posted on 11/03/2012 11:36:46 AM PDT by Badabing Badablonde (New to the internet? CLICK HERE)
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To: billorites

Lady Thatcher was truly noble.


18 posted on 11/03/2012 11:37:43 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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You did!!



19 posted on 11/03/2012 11:44:13 AM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=om93destr)
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To: Badabing Badablonde
I have always adored her.

Same here.


20 posted on 11/03/2012 11:44:28 AM PDT by Albion Wilde (If God can send millions of ordinary folks to preserve a chicken store, He can fix this mess.)
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To: abb

When Giants walked amongst us.

21 posted on 11/03/2012 11:46:58 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

We will not know leaders like them again in our time.


22 posted on 11/03/2012 11:51:19 AM PDT by xp38
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To: xp38

Sad, but probably true..... :^(


23 posted on 11/03/2012 11:55:46 AM PDT by machman
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To: billorites

“popular literature has depicted former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher as a formidable Iron Lady, putting politics before her personal life and not suffering fools gladly”
*****
Literature written by a bunch of liberals who no doubt resented her for her convictions, courage and class.


24 posted on 11/03/2012 12:03:49 PM PDT by Starboard
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To: billorites
"Ask yourself, "What would Barry do?" "

He'd lick their boots.

25 posted on 11/03/2012 12:16:41 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: billorites
'a colleague had once feared getting into trouble after accidentally treading in dog mess outside and walking over a white carpet.

the Prime Minister reassured him with the words "Never mind, we're in the country now," before getting on her “hands and knees” to scrub his shoes and carpet with soap and water.'

Ask yourself, "What would Barry do?"

There wouldn't have been a mess as he would have previously eaten the dog.

26 posted on 11/03/2012 12:22:11 PM PDT by Redcloak (A founding member of Drunkards for Romney)
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To: gaijin

I have heard some stroies from people who had worked with George H W Bush and Barbara. They treated the staff like extended family.

Here’s to having grown-ups in the White House again.


27 posted on 11/03/2012 12:43:25 PM PDT by Fred Hayek (The Democratic Party is the operational wing of CPUSA.)
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To: skeeter
History and popular literature has depicted former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher as a formidable Iron Lady

It was Gorbachev who first called Thatcher "Iron Lady." Typical Soviet propoganda - they meant it as a slander, but it wound up having the opposite effect. Some fictitious history continue to try to portray Thatcher as a devil, and many leftists have swallowed the narrative whole.

28 posted on 11/03/2012 1:03:09 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: no-to-illegals
Wish Maggie was ours

Personally, I feel more kinship to a Brit like Maggie than I do with most of my fellow Americans in the 'rat party.
29 posted on 11/03/2012 1:03:54 PM PDT by chrisser (Starve the Monkeys!)
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To: billorites

I was taught as a child and lived by it that you can tell if a person has class by how they treat hired help, waitresses, maids, cashiers, etc.


30 posted on 11/03/2012 1:32:40 PM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: abb

Hmmm...that pic made my screen all blurry! ‘;’^(


31 posted on 11/03/2012 2:07:35 PM PDT by b9
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To: dfwgator
"When Giants walked amongst us. "

You simply can't be posting stuff like that. It gets me really depressed when I look around and then back at what once was. What a damned shame we have become.

32 posted on 11/03/2012 4:15:18 PM PDT by FunkyZero (... I've got a Grand Piano to prop up my mortal remains)
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To: billorites; All
The book some of you are referring to is called In the President's Secret Service by Ron Kessler.

The SS HATED Johnson, Hillary Clinton and worst of all, Carter -- loved the Bushes, especially Barbara and Laura Bush. Agents said both Mrs. Bushes were warm and personable, always checked on them and made sure they were well fed, sent food and asked about their families.

33 posted on 11/03/2012 4:20:40 PM PDT by Bon of Babble (The Road to Ruin is Always Kept in Good Repair)
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