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How Mrs Thatcher personally paid son Mark's bar tab and the 1,800 cost of his rescue
Daily Mail ^

Posted on 12/28/2012 3:21:54 PM PST by UKrepublican

After her son Mark got lost in the desert competing in the Paris-Dakar rally, Margaret Thatcher shed a rare tear in public.

When it came to paying for his rescue, however, the 'Iron Lady' was firmly back in the driving seat and at pains to ensure she personally, not taxpayers, footed the bill for her hapless off-spring's misadventure.

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


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: thatcher

1 posted on 12/28/2012 3:22:01 PM PST by UKrepublican
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To: UKrepublican

Mrs Thatcher wrote: ‘I must pay the £1,191. We can therefore say that no extra cost has fallen on the British taxpayer. To who do I make out the cheque?’ The Foreign Office later revised the total to £1,748.80. Mrs Thatcher duly sent them a cheque for that amount on March 10. Ever a keen advocate of financial discipline, she requested a ‘receipt please’.

...........when decent people once governed. Makes sad reading when you compare it to what we have today.


2 posted on 12/28/2012 3:24:22 PM PST by UKrepublican
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To: UKrepublican

A VERY VERY Liberal friend (he was involved in the music scene from the 60’s and still lives in LaLa Land) admitted that (after seeing the film with Meryl Streep) that Margaret Thatcher’s weren’t so bad, just rigid.

I almost spit out my coffee.


3 posted on 12/28/2012 3:26:52 PM PST by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to the tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: UKrepublican

A VERY VERY Liberal friend (he was involved in the music scene from the 60’s and still lives in LaLa Land) admitted that (after seeing the film with Meryl Streep) that Margaret Thatcher’s weren’t so bad, just rigid.

I almost spit out my coffee.

*Thatcher’s IDEAS*


4 posted on 12/28/2012 3:27:25 PM PST by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to the tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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Actually, I thought The Iron Lady was a great film (Meryl Streep’s performance was stunning) and was remarkably apolitical. I expected to hate it, but it showed her as she was: a person from a modest background despised by the entrenched powers both for being a female and being a shopkeeper’s daughter, who had gotten where she was out of determination to make her point, sort of like Sarah Palin if Palin hadn’t lost her nerve and dropped out of electoral politics.

I’m in London right now, and what’s bizarre is that one still sees so many references to her - and they are increasingly more respectful. I think that one reason is that whether people liked her or not, they knew where she stood.


5 posted on 12/28/2012 3:41:22 PM PST by livius
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To: autumnraine

Actually, I thought The Iron Lady was a great film (Meryl Streep’s performance was stunning) and was remarkably apolitical. I expected to hate it, but it showed her as she was: a person from a modest background despised by the entrenched powers both for being a female and being a shopkeeper’s daughter, who had gotten where she was out of determination to make her point, sort of like Sarah Palin if Palin hadn’t lost her nerve and dropped out of electoral politics.

I’m in London right now, and what’s bizarre is that one still sees so many references to her - and they are increasingly more respectful. I think that one reason is that whether people liked her or not, they knew where she stood.


6 posted on 12/28/2012 3:41:41 PM PST by livius
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his bar tab?

That’s ridiculous


7 posted on 12/28/2012 3:48:56 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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It was a good movie

That was a great time...the Gipper and the Iron Lady

Those were the days my friend we thought they`d never end

Depressing what we have today


8 posted on 12/28/2012 4:05:43 PM PST by Harold Shea (RVN `70 - `71)
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To: GeronL

No, that was the cost of the search and rescue for her son and the British governmnet folks involved. Her husband’s & the brit delegation’s bar tab was about 80 Pounds at today’s equivalent (post inflation).


9 posted on 12/28/2012 4:13:55 PM PST by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: GeronL

I think you need to look at what the bar tab in this case was - it comprised drinks purchased after Mark was found at a thank you celebration to which the rescue teams who had found him were invited, arranged by British diplomats who had been liaising with the Algerians. It wasn’t just Mark’s personal drinks.

(Just posted the same in a duplicate thread, I created - this one wasn’t there when I started posting, but beat me to the post).


10 posted on 12/28/2012 4:20:30 PM PST by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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To: Harold Shea

The Gipper and the Iron Lady: two CLASS acts.


11 posted on 12/28/2012 5:23:14 PM PST by rejoicing
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To: Harold Shea

The Gipper and the Iron Lady: two CLASS acts.


12 posted on 12/28/2012 5:25:03 PM PST by rejoicing
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To: naturalman1975

That does seem obvious.

Anyhow, Baroness Thatcher did the right thing. Wonder if Barack Obama would have done it.


13 posted on 12/28/2012 5:56:07 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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