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  • Why you should, if you can, come to London for Margaret Thatcher's funeral

    04/14/2013 2:20:49 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 14 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 13 April 2013 | Daniel Hannan
    When the Duke of Wellington was buried in 1852, a million people – out of a total population of 27.5 million – turned out to pay their respects. Among the reverential crowds lining the streets from Constitution Hill to St Paul's as the twelve-ton carriage passed were many who had disliked his politics. The hero of Waterloo had gone on to become arguably the most reactionary Tory leader of all time. He had resisted the 1832 extension of the franchise, opposed the granting of equal rights to Catholics and Jews and even voted against the abolition of slavery in India....
  • Thatchers Last Wish - Another Clunker from the Iron Lady

    04/14/2013 10:07:25 AM PDT · by goodnesswins · 37 replies
    Forbes ^ | 4/14/13 | Eamonn Fingleton
    The news today is that a group of supporters of Margaret Thatcher are pushing a plan to establish a museum and library as a permanent memorial to her. It is clear that the plan, which would establish a first in British politics, has been long in the making and that it not only had Thatcher’s approval but she herself largely instigated the idea. This is another clunker from the Iron Lady – a final terrible idea from a woman who, pace all current hagiography, will be remembered as one of the worst British political leaders of modern times.
  • Which of these PMs sacked the most miners? (Clue: It wasn’t Lady Thatcher)…

    04/14/2013 8:36:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 18:51 EST, 13 April 2013 | Allister Heath
    Judging by some of the recent coverage, Thatcher’s enemies have successfully spread a series of damaging myths about her. Many of these sound plausible, and are even accepted by some of her supporters, but few stand up to proper scrutiny. Take the myth that Thatcher was deeply unpopular. The truth is that she won 43.9 percent of the vote in 1979, 42.4 percent in 1983 and 42.2 percent in 1987—landslide results of which contemporary politicians can only dream. … It has also become fashionable to blame one of her greatest triumphs—the sale of council homes to tenants—for today’s horrendous housing...
  • Ceremonial funeral for Margaret Thatcher is a 'mistake', says Bishop of Grantham

    04/14/2013 5:46:28 AM PDT · by markomalley · 26 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/14/13 | Alice Philipson
    The Bishop of Grantham has branded the decision to give Baroness Thatcher a ceremonial funeral with full military honours a "mistake". The Rt Rev Tim Ellis, speaking from Lady Thatcher's birthplace in Lincolnshire on Sunday, said the funeral was "asking for trouble" and should be "more low-key and personal". More than 800 personnel from the Armed Forces units that played a key part in the Falklands conflict will line the route of the funeral procession from the Palace of Westminster to St Paul's Cathedral in London on Wednesday. It is thought the funeral will cost in the region of £8...
  • Ireland and Portugal given extra time to pay back bailout loans

    04/13/2013 10:34:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    European Voice ^ | 12.04.2013 / 23:03 CET (April 12) | Ian Wishart
    The European Union’s finance ministers today decided to give Ireland and Portugal an extra seven years to pay back loans granted to them as part of their bailouts. The decision, taken by ministers at their meeting in Dublin, should make it easier for those countries to leave their bailout programs and return to normal bond financing markets in the coming months. … Ireland was forced into a €67.5 billion ($88.3 billion) rescue in November 2010 and will receive its last installment in November this year. Portugal obtained a deal worth €78 billion ($102 billion) in May 2011 and will receive...
  • Sued over cuts and grazes: Schools rip out playgrounds as compensation claims soar

    04/14/2013 1:49:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Sunday Express (UK) ^ | Sun., April 14, 2013 | David Paul
    Schools have begun ripping out swings and slides from playgrounds because they can no longer afford huge compensation payouts when children suffer minor cuts and grazes. The claims have become so common that even school trips to the seaside are being canceled in case pupils injure themselves while paddling in the sea and their parents then sue. Education authorities face big bills even if a child is hurt while defying school rules by climbing walls or trees. Lawyers all over the country are fueling the problem by offering parents no-win no-fee deals. Some firms have even set up telephone hotlines...
  • Hundreds in Thatcher Facebook 'party' protests

    04/13/2013 9:18:28 PM PDT · by tflabo · 23 replies
    iTV ^ | April 14, 2013 | politics
    Hundreds of people gathered in the rain at London's Trafalgar Square to mark the death of Baroness Thatcher. Protesters against the former prime minister's legacy brought sparklers, party poppers and balloons. Some drank cider and Champagne while others wore party hats as they chanted slogans about Lady Thatcher, who died at The Ritz on Monday.
  • Margaret Thatcher: I Vow to Thee, My Country

    04/13/2013 1:42:18 PM PDT · by UKrepublican · 2 replies
    In death as in life, Margaret Thatcher remains firmly in charge. The woman whose premiership was marked by ramrod certainty and whipcrack decision-making had, it turns out, a characteristically needle-sharp idea about how her funeral must proceed. Today, the details of that idea emerge. From the singing of I Vow to Thee, My Country to the choice of readings, every aspect of the occasion will reflect some part of Baroness Thatcher’s character: her love of Britain, her Christian faith, her belief in tradition. One of her chief orders was that David Cameron give a reading. This is not, it seems,...
  • Margaret Thatcher And Benefit Cuts Protests [Shameless Protesters!]

    04/13/2013 1:22:13 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 5 replies
    Guardian (U.K.) ^ | April 13, 2013 | David Batty, Conal Urquhart and Cass Jones
    Margaret Thatcher And Benefit Cuts Protests Miners, socialists, Travellers, students and anti-capitalist protesters converge on London to demonstrate against Margaret Thatcher's legacy and the coalition government's benefits cuts. Follow for live updates David Batty, Conal Urquhart and Cass Jones 13 April 2013 Revellers at the outdoor party marking the death of Margaret Thatcher, at Trafalgar Square. Photograph: Chris Helgren/Reuters [Pics in URL] LIVE So far, the police have made five arrests on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly or for inflicting grievous bodily harm. Meanwhile, results from an opinion poll released tonight suggest that more than half of voters believe...
  • Thatcher-haters propel "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead" to #1 in Great Britain

    04/13/2013 10:14:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/13/2013 | Rick Moran
    An amazing example of the power and possibilities of social media. Thatcher haters in England have made the "Wizard of Oz" classic song "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead" the number one selling single in the country. And the "munchikins" who appeared in the film are none too pleased: Ruth Duccini, 94, and Jerry Maren, 91 -- who sang the ditty -- said: "It's terrible." Saddened Munchkins said it was monstrous to hijack the song -- as the BBC fudged a decision whether to play it. Ruth, among those who sang the song in 1939's Wizard Of Oz, believes the...
  • Conservative donors defecting to UKIP after becoming fed-up with Cameron's X-Factor obsession

    04/13/2013 7:05:23 AM PDT · by UKrepublican · 17 replies
    Wealthy Conservative donors are defecting to the UK Independence Party to pledge financial backing ahead of next month’s local elections, it emerged today. UKIP leader Nigel Farage suggested five or six former members of the Tory Leader’s Group who paid £50,000-a-year to dine with David Cameron and other frontbenchers had switched to support his anti-EU party. One ex-donor said he decided to switch after a dinner with Mr Cameron where he just wanted to talk about contestants on X-Factor. UKIP hopes to secure several donations of more than £1million to bankroll the party’s campaigning in next year’s elections to the...
  • Ding dong, the … BBC to cut Thatcher protest song short

    04/13/2013 3:47:40 AM PDT · by Winniesboy · 11 replies
    Corporation will not play the song Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead in full on Radio 1... In a fudge likely to satisfy Lady Thatcher's supporters but criticised by anti-censorship campaigners, the BBC will play a five-second clip of the track – which is being pushed up the charts by anti-Thatcher protesters – in a news item during the Radio 1 Chart Show on Sunday. The BBC has taken the unprecedented step of deciding to insert a news story into the show to explain to younger viewers [sic!]why a track from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz has suddenly...
  • Princess Diana fund hijacked by the Left: How money is diverted to pro-immigration campaign fund

    04/13/2013 1:03:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 17:40 EST, 12 April 2013 | James Slack, Michael Seamark and Rebecca English
    The Princess Diana Memorial Fund, to which millions of her admirers donated money, has been hijacked by Left-wingers to fund a pro-immigration propaganda campaign. Directors of the charity set up a secretive project called Changing Minds and then channeled hundreds of thousands of pounds into a string of associated organizations. The aim of the scheme is to alter British attitudes to immigration—which are currently in favor of far stricter border controls. Among some of its most successful achievements, it lists the establishment of a new “independent” think-tank—criticized by a Labour MP as a front for Left-wing views on immigration. …
  • Spice Girl all too ready for turning over Thatcher

    04/12/2013 9:29:00 PM PDT · by mykroar · 8 replies
    theGuardian.com ^ | 5/12/2013 | Sam Jones
    Much, presumably, to the posthumous chagrin of her hero, Geri Halliwell has revealed herself as a lady all too ready for turning. On Thursday the Spice Girl explained why she had deleted a tweet mourning the death of Margaret Thatcher – and indulged in some self-flagellation. When news of Thatcher's death broke on Monday, Halliwell tweeted: "Thinking of our 1st Lady of girl power, Margaret Thatcher, a greengrocer's daughter who taught me any thing is possible…x." However, when her tribute met with a hostile response online, the singer removed it and apologised for any offence it had caused. Three days...
  • Austria attacks UK as EU finance talks get ugly

    04/12/2013 6:25:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 12.04.13 @ 09:28 (April 12) | Andrew Rettman
    Austria has accused the UK of being a haven for money launderers ahead of an EU meeting in Dublin, with Cyprus, Ireland, Portugal and Slovenia’s (potential) bailout needs also on the agenda. The Austrian finance minister, Maria Fekter, described Britain as “the island of the blessed for tax evasion and money laundering” in an interview with her country’s Kurier newspaper on Thursday (11 April). Comparing the UK and its “protectorates”—micro-states subject to British law—to Cyprus in terms of hosting secretive foundations and trusts, she noted: “Just as we urged the abolition of sealed foundations in the Cyprus rescue to drain...
  • Margaret Thatcher: I Vow to Thee, My Country ["Love of Britain..Christian Faith, ...Tradition"]

    04/12/2013 5:05:52 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 9 replies
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | April 12, 2013
    Margaret Thatcher: I Vow to Thee, My Country Lady Thatcher planned her own funeral, right down to the hymns, writes Michael Deacon . By Michael Deacon 12 Apr 2013 In death as in life, Margaret Thatcher remains firmly in charge. The woman whose premiership was marked by ramrod certainty and whipcrack decision-making had, it turns out, a characteristically needle-sharp idea about how her funeral must proceed. Today, the details of that idea emerge. From the singing of I Vow to Thee, My Country to the choice of readings, every aspect of the occasion will reflect some part of Baroness Thatcher’s...
  • Margaret Thatcher actually stood for something

    04/12/2013 11:23:01 AM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 4 replies
    WorldTribune.com ^ | April 12, 2013 | John J. Metzler
    Margaret Thatcher, the British Conservative Prime Minister, between 1979-1990, was a Revolutionary. As the first female Prime Minister she emerged as a truly transformational figure both on the domestic and foreign front and soon challenged the entrenched interests with a stance that promoted freedom and economic liberty. She stood on principle and thus became a lighting rod for the continuing scorn of the collectivist left and the former Soviet Union who dubbed her “The Iron Lady.” She died at 87 in London. In 1979 when her Conservative Party was voted into office in an electoral landslide, Britain was the “Sick...
  • Police officer gets £10,000 payout for falling off a chair

    04/12/2013 11:23:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    London Evening Standard ^ | 12 April 2013 | Dick Murray, Transport Correspondent
    A British Transport Police officer has been paid an estimated £10,000 ($15,371) compensation after falling off a chair while on London Underground premises. The award was part of nearly £5 million paid out by Transport for London over the past three years in compensation to people injured on the Tube, buses, railways, roads and pavements. The payouts were condemned as a “result of living in a compensation culture gone mad”. …
  • Mother, 67, dies after hijab catches fire on a gas hob: Injured 3 times before in similar accidents

    04/12/2013 10:57:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 03:36 EST, 12 April 2013 | Hugo Gye
    A woman died after her hijab caught fire on a gas cooker—and she had accidentally set her clothes alight in similar situations three times before, an inquest heard yesterday. Surayya Khan’s family has helped to launch a safety campaign urging the importance of being aware of fire risk in the kitchen. The mother of three fought for life for nearly two weeks before dying of multiple organ failure at a Manchester hospital in October last year. Mrs. Khan, 67, was cooking at her home in Burton, Staffordshire on September 23 when the headscarf she wore as a Muslim woman came...
  • Ban On Homophobic Teacher Upheld [You Can Teach Pro-Gay but Not Anti-Gay!]

    04/12/2013 9:50:52 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 25 replies
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | April 12, 2013 | NEVILE AYLING
    Ban On Homophobic Teacher Upheld The High Court has upheld a classroom ban on a Christian school teacher who condemned the "homosexual lifestyle" in front of pupils. NEVILE AYLING 12 Apr 2013 In what is believed to be the first case of its kind, a judge rejected an appeal by science teacher Robert Haye against the decision to ban him indefinitely - a decision he says is likely to end his teaching career. Mr Haye told a Year 11 class of students aged 15-16 that the way homosexual people lived was "disgusting" and a sin, according to the Bible. He...
  • Dems block Senate resolution honoring Margaret Thatcher

    04/12/2013 7:04:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/12/2013 | Rick Moran
    This is beyond petty. It is ignorant. A hold has been placed on a resolution honoring Margaret Thatcher in the Senate which, as Katherine Rosario explains, is an insult: "A Senate resolution to honor Lady Thatcher was supposed to pass last night. However, per well placed sources on the Hill, Democrats have a hold on the resolution. To refuse to honor a woman of such great historical and political significance, who was deeply loyal to the United States, is petty and shameful. One truly has to wonder, what is it about Lady Thatcher that gives them pause? Her unfaltering commitment...
  • BBC Chief Refuses To Ban Margaret Thatcher Death Song

    04/12/2013 4:12:53 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 21 replies
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ ^ | April 12, 2013 | Steven Swimford
    Ding Dong the Witch is Dead, a song from the Wizard of Oz, has sold 20,000 copies this week after anti-Thatcher campaigners encouraged people to buy it to celebrate the death of the former Prime Minister. It is currently number four and on course for a place in the top five by the time The Official Chart Show airs on Sunday, three days before Lady Thatcher’s funeral.
  • Metal body parts recycled after cremation

    04/12/2013 4:01:03 AM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | April 12, 2013 | Hayley Dixon
    Metal body parts are being recycled into road signs, lamp posts, car parts and aircraft engines after people are cremated. The project has raised almost £1million for charity since it began in Britain in 2004. Steel hips, plates and screws from legs and skulls are collected after a person is cremated and sent off for recycling. Even metal plates from false teeth and tiny fragments from fillings can be recovered and re-used, together with metal fittings on coffins. High value metals which survive the 1000-degree cremation are then sold for use in the automobile and aeronautical industries. They include cobalt...
  • (London Mayor) Boris Johnson: Police in London are prepared for a riot over Baroness Thatcher

    04/12/2013 3:53:29 AM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | April 12, 2013 | Peter Dominiczak
    The authorities in London are prepared for rioting as people “celebrate” the death of Margaret Thatcher, Boris Johnson has warned. The authorities in London are prepared for rioting as people “celebrate” the death of Margaret Thatcher, Boris Johnson has warned. Mr Johnson, the Mayor of London, said that that protesters who break the law during the street parties will be “properly dealt with”. Anarchist groups have warned of more mass protests on Saturday, with 2,000 to 3,000 people expected to attend. The events, at 25 locations across the country, are being organised by a group called Class War, with the...
  • Drunken yobs should be repay costs of being treated by the NHS, says Nick Clegg (UK deputy PM)

    04/12/2013 12:51:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 18:46 EST, 11 April 2013Drunks injured in booze-fuelled brawls should be charged for their NHS treat | Matt Chorley and Tamara Cohen
    Drunks injured in booze-fueled brawls should be charged for their NHS treatment, Nick Clegg said today. The Deputy Prime Minister revealed he backed the idea of imposing levies on people who get “completely blind drunk and get themselves into a scrap”. An estimated two million visits are made to A&E every year for alcohol-related illnesses and injuries. Experts say the cost of alcohol to the NHS exceeds £3 billion ($4.6 billion) per year. … Clegg admitted some town and city centers have become “no-go areas” in on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. He said it was unacceptable for the taxpayer...

    04/11/2013 2:39:23 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 36 replies
    Heritage Action ^ | 4-11-2013 | Katherine Rosario
    DEMOCRATS ARE BLOCKING RESOLUTION TO HONOR LADY THATCHER Katherine Rosario April 11, 2013 One would naturally think it impossible that anyone would hesitate – even for an instant – to honor the woman who tackled communism head on as prime minister of Great Britain. Lady Margaret Thatcher was a principled politician who helped to foster the special relationship between Great Britain and the United States that we all benefit from today.A Senate resolution to honor Lady Thatcher was supposed to pass last night. However, per well placed sources on the Hill, Democrats have a hold on the resolution.To refuse to...
  • Margaret Thatcher: The grandchildren in the US who share the Iron Lady’s spirit

    04/11/2013 5:06:11 PM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 4/11/13 | Jon Swaine, in Dallas, Texas and Raf Sanchez in Richmond, Virginia
    As they perused the well-stocked aisles of their local shop, the wealthy residents of Highland Park were charmed by the polite and handsome young man behind the counter. They had no idea, however, that this former high school American football star was upholding a family tradition that began 100 years ago in the English town of Grantham, some 5,000 miles away. Michael Thatcher, the only grandson of the grocer’s daughter who became the world’s most powerful woman, now serves customers at a store and pharmacy in Texas. Like his great-grandfather Alfred Roberts before him, Mr Thatcher works long shifts while...
  • Margaret Thatcher listened to voters – now it’s Nigel Farage who hears their despair

    04/11/2013 2:59:47 PM PDT · by UKrepublican · 16 replies
    No one much cared what Nigel Farage had to say about Margaret Thatcher. The verdicts of everyone from Nick Clegg to Gerry Adams were being relayed, but broadcasters were not keen on the views of the chap with the funny hat and the comic expressions. Ukip is still seen in Westminster as a freakish single-issue party with the intellectual clout of a mayfly and about the same life expectancy. It might flutter during the Government’s mid-term blues, but it is expected to perish in the next election as surely as the BNP did in the last one. This was certainly...
  • BAE checks Harpoon fit for anti-ship Typhoon

    04/11/2013 1:04:08 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Flight International ^ | 04/11/2013 | Craig Hoyle
    BAE checks Harpoon fit for anti-ship Typhoon BAE Systems has conducted first windtunnel tests to assess the suitability of integrating Boeing's AGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missile with the Eurofighter Typhoon. An image released by the UK company showing a model of the Typhoon reveals the combat aircraft carrying three of the air-launched weapons. In this configuration, one would be carried on the aircraft's centre-fuselage stores station - ordinarily reserved for an external fuel tank - and two more beneath its wing. BAE Systems BAE says the test activity is intended to assess the aerodynamic characteristics of carrying the Harpoon. "This testing...
  • Joan Collins to attend Lady Thatcher funeral

    04/11/2013 1:01:58 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 24 replies
    TV and film star Joan Collins is part of a list of celebrities and noteworthy figures due to attend Lady Thatcher's funeral next week, The Commentator has learned. The list released moments ago by Downing Street, includes The First Ministers of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, Falklands veterans, David Frost and Sir Trevor McDonald. Collins was a long-standing fan and supported of Lady Thatcher and recently commented that she subconsciously "had Thatcher at the back of my mind" when playing her Dynasty character Alexis Carrington. In an interview with the Daily Mail, Collins said in 2011, "‘I feel very pessimistic...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Israel Vanishing from Scotland Libraries

    04/11/2013 10:13:36 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    INN ^ | Wednesday, April 10, 2013 11:07 PM | Giulio Meotti
    One of Scotland’s councils has just implemented a boycott of Israel after comparing the country to apartheid South Africa. The Clackmannanshire Council declared it would resist all economic and political support for Israel in order to “end suffering in Palestine”. In Scotland, once known as the only European country which has no history of state persecution of Jews, a region is officially dedicated to the eradication of the Jewish State as a malevolent, “settler” and foreign entity. Last year, the Scottish University of Dundee banned water from Eden Springs on the campus, because—it claimed—“it steals water from the Salukia spring...
  • The Lady Was a Champ

    04/11/2013 10:13:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 11, 2013 | Cal Thomas
    MANCHESTER, England -- There is a story about Margaret Thatcher, which is probably apocryphal, but speaks volumes about the strength of Britain's first female prime minister, who died Monday at age 87. Following her election in 1979, the story goes that Thatcher took her all-male cabinet out to dinner. The waiter asked what she would like. "I'll have the beef," she said. The waiter asked, "What about the vegetables?" "They'll have the same," Thatcher replied. "Thatcher Saved Britain," read a headline in the Daily Telegraph. No, Thatcher inspired citizens of Great Britain to have less faith in government and...
  • Remembering Margaret Thatcher

    04/11/2013 10:06:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 11, 2013 | Michael Reagan
    Margaret Thatcher, who served as prime minister of Britain from 1979 to 1990, is most famous for teaming up with my father Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II to peacefully end the Cold War and bring about the collapse of the Soviet Union. But at home, the “Iron Lady’s” intellect, political will and love of freedom and capitalism also saved Britain from its long, slow death by socialism. Prime Minister Thatcher freed up Britain’s economy by deregulating business, privatizing government-owned industries and breaking the back of the powerful unions that were smothering her country to death. Not that The...
  • Rare interview with wife of Palestinian prisoner proves PMW's contention that PA pays salaries

    04/10/2013 12:10:53 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    PalWatch ^ | 4/10/13 | Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilbedik
    Prisoner's wife: "A year and a half ago, I went to the Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs... Their answer was: 'Your husband transfers it to the person he wants. It's in his power not to transfer [it to you] and we can't do anything about it." Prisoner's wife: "[My husband] told me: 'If you do what I want, it [the monthly salary] will return to you. As long as you are like this, it won't return to you.'" by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik Since 2011, Palestinian Media Watch has been supplying governments and media worldwide with documentation that the...
  • Margaret Thatcher was the greatest British PM since Winston Churchill, says John Howard

    04/10/2013 5:15:36 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 6 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 10th April 2013 | The Honourable John Howard OM AC SSI, Former Prime Minister of Australia
    She has been Britain's greatest prime minister since Winston Churchill. As leader of the Conservative Party in Britain she has been the most successful of all in the past 100 years. It should be remembered that Churchill led a coalition national government during World War II. The real measure of Margaret Thatcher's greatness was that she brought about profound change domestically and internationally. The British economy was in a downward spiral when she won office in May 1979; Britons were working a three-day week; uncollected garbage piled up in the streets of London; the all-powerful trade unions effectively ran the...
  • Margaret Thatcher's funeral: Family veto Argentine officials at service

    04/10/2013 3:25:41 PM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | Apr 10, 2013 | Steven Swinford, and James Kirkup
    Whitehall officials proposed the presence of Argentine officials at a meeting of the committee which is organising the funeral, code-named Operation True Blue. The Telegraph understands that Lady Thatcher’s children, Sir Mark and Carol, believe that such protocol would be “inappropriate”. Sir Mark, who returned to Britain from Barbados on Tuesday, will attend a meeting of the Operation True Blue committee tomorrow to represent his mother’s interests. The committee, which is meeting on a daily basis, is planning to make the liberation of the Falkland Islands a central part of the ceremonial funeral on Wednesday.
  • Woman Behind Street Parties To "Celebrate" Death Of Margaret Thatcher Named

    04/10/2013 2:05:00 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 36 replies
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ ^ | April 10, 2013 | Josie Ensor And Claire Carter
    The woman behind an internet campaign to organise street parties to “celebrate” the death of Baroness Thatcher has been identified as a Romany Blythe, a 45-year-old community drama teacher from south London.
  • Woman behind street parties to 'celebrate' death of Margaret Thatcher named

    04/10/2013 10:02:07 AM PDT · by Third Person · 51 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | April 10th, 2013 | Telegraph reporters
    Romany Blythe, 45, created a group on Facebook called The Witch is Dead followed by more than 5,000 people, calling for “demonstrations of disapproval” across the country. A number of places on the list were locations of riots and demonstrations that took place across the country on Monday, including Bristol city centre and George Square in Glasgow. Blythe is a drama teacher with a workshop company that visits secondary schools. She specialises in “facilitating workshops for young, excluded and potentially criminalised individuals and uses drama techniques she has developed to explore resolution of conflict and oppression,” according to the company's...
  • Why Margaret Thatcher connected with Indira Gandhi

    04/10/2013 7:29:44 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 3 replies
    PTI ^ | April 10, 2013 | PTI
    There was a lot in common between former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and her British contemporary Margaret Thatcher as the two had struck up a close rapport and both felt the loneliness of high office. Besides being the first women to take charge of a largely male-dominated political world of their respective countries, the two women had an almost identical steely resolve on difficult issues. They may not have always agreed with each other and are believed to have had a number of fiery exchanges, but there was a grudging respect on both sides. "But in spite of everything...
  • 'She wanted a war leader's funeral': Baroness Thatcher's farewell will feature 700 forces personnel

    04/10/2013 7:17:29 AM PDT · by UKrepublican · 24 replies
    Baroness Thatcher will be given a war leader's funeral, with personnel from regiments who fought to free the Falkland Islands carrying her body into St Paul's Cathedral. More than 700 men and women from the British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force will take part next Wednesday, Downing Street has revealed. The Welsh Guards, the regiment who suffered the heaviest losses in the war, will form a guard of honour as her body is taken into the cathedral for the service at 11am. Tensions between Britain and Argentina remain over the Falklands, and President Cristina Kirchner will not be...
  • The Queen will cast protocol aside and be at (Margaret Thatcher's) funeral:

    04/09/2013 11:46:21 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 87 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 10th April 2013 | James Chapman, Jason Groves and Rebecca English
    The Queen and Prince Philip broke with tradition yesterday by agreeing to attend the funeral of Baroness Thatcher. At a top-level Government meeting to discuss plans for next Wednesday’s farewell to the Iron Lady, Palace officials said the monarch would join mourners at St Paul’s Cathedral. The Queen’s decision to cast protocol aside delighted Lady Thatcher’s friends and allies who had expressed disappointment that she was not to be honoured with a full state funeral. The Mail yesterday highlighted the groundswell of opinion that as Britain’s greatest peacetime prime minister, Lady Thatcher deserved in death the highest honour the state...
  • Lady Thatcher’s last message to Cameron: “Be more unpopular”

    04/09/2013 10:35:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 20:00 EST, 9 April 2013 | James Chapman
    Baroness Thatcher had criticized David Cameron only a few months ago for not being “far enough behind” Labour in the polls—because he ought to be pushing through unpopular policies. As the Conservative Party grappled with her towering legacy, a friend of the former prime minister said she had also expressed a dislike of the Coalition and urged voters not to support UKIP. Lady Thatcher’s death has prompted a surge of pride among Tory MPs at her government’s extraordinary achievements, but also a degree of soul-searching about the party’s failure to win the last election outright. …
  • Scotland still expects the Bank of England to bail them out if they split from the UK

    04/09/2013 9:39:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 19:56 EST, 9 April 2013 | Gerri Peev
    Scotland wants the Bank of England to bail it out if there is another financial meltdown—even if the country breaks away from the UK. Scottish Nationalists are insisting they want to keep the pound as their currency and retain the Bank of England as the “lender of last resort”. But an influential committee of peers has warned it would be “implausible” for the Bank to accept risks over which it had no control. It also attacked one of the main parts of Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond’s economic blueprint as “fanciful”. …
  • Weaned on the Beeb’s hatred, no wonder the young rejoice at her (Thatcher’s) death

    04/09/2013 9:30:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 18:19 EST, 9 April 2013 | Stephen Glover
    Because the BBC had a series of run-ins with Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s, and is hardly well disposed towards the Tory-led Coalition, I had expected it to pour buckets of cold water over the memory of the Iron Lady. To begin with, I was pleasantly surprised. The tone of BBC News 24 on Monday afternoon was slightly awed, even reverential, as is befitting when any great figure dies. … But as the evening wore on, and the new day dawned, I began to change my mind. In many of the television and radio news bulletins, it seemed that Margaret...
  • Margaret Thatcher 1926–2013

    04/09/2013 9:29:07 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | April 09, 2013 | Conrad Black
    APRIL 9, 2013 Margaret Thatcher 1926–2013 We shall not see her like again. By Conrad Black The news of the death of Margaret Thatcher is not, at her age and in the condition that she has been in for some years, a great surprise or entirely sad. But in contemplation of the great career she had and the immense service she rendered the United Kingdom and the Western world, it is overwhelmingly sad. In general, Britain’s greatest prime ministers have served successfully in wars with other Great Powers: William Pitt the Elder (in the Seven Years’ War), William Pitt the...
  • Lord Monckton writing about Margaret Thatcher

    04/09/2013 8:56:30 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 27 replies
    It will be from heaven that Margaret Thatcher, the greatest friend the United States ever had, will observe the now-inescapable disintegration of the dismal European tyranny-by-clerk whose failure she foresaw even as it brought her down. Margaret was unique: a fierce champion of people against government, taxpayers against bureaucrats, workers against unions, Us against Them, free markets against state control, privatization against nationalization, liberty against socialism, democracy against Communism, prosperity against national bankruptcy, law against international terrorism, independence against global governance; a visionary among pygmies; a doer among dreamers; a statesman among politicians; a destroyer of tyrannies from arrogant Argentina...
  • Kohl confesses to euro’s undemocratic beginnings

    04/08/2013 10:54:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    EU Observer ^ | 08.04.13 @ 21:56 (April 8) | Valentina Pop
    Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl—the architect of German reunification—admitted he would never have won a referendum on the adoption of the euro in his country and said he acted “like a dictator” to see the common currency introduced. … Germany’s chancellor between 1982 and 1998, Kohl said it took him “years” to build the trust and negotiation skills to convince other European leaders of his ideas and push them through. … In addition, the freshly reunified East Germans, happy to finally have their Deutsche Mark back, would never have voted in favor of abandoning it again for a new European...
  • 'No Gushing Hysteria, Just Quiet, Dignified Respect': The Sombre But Patriotic Mood In....

    04/09/2013 6:31:54 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 1 replies
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | April 09, 2013
    'No Gushing Hysteria, Just Quiet, Dignified Respect': The Sombre But Patriotic Mood In Lady Thatcher's Constituency Michael Deacon visits Finchley, where the constituents Margaret Thatcher served for 33 years are paying their respects patriotically but quietly. By Michael Deacon1 09 Apr 2013 The scene in the office of the local Conservative Association said it all. Inside, a large but demure portrait hung on the wall; beneath it, on a shelf, stood a little row of framed photos of her smiling or cutting a cake. At either side of the photos were vases containing little Union flags. Draped beneath the shelf,...
  • "The Lady's Not for Turning" - Margaret Thatcher and the Leadership of Conviction

    04/09/2013 5:31:18 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 6 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 4-9-13 | Albert Mohler
    Margaret Thatcher, one of the most significant leaders of the 20th century, died yesterday at age 87. A model of convictional leadership, Margaret Thatcher became almost universally known as Britain's "Iron Lady." In May 1979, Margaret Thatcher moved into No. 10 Downing Street and changed the course of British history. Beyond this, Lady Thatcher changed the terms of debate on both sides of the Atlantic and left a legacy of leadership that should inspire generations to come. Born October 13, 1925 in the village of Grantham, Margaret Roberts was soon recognized as an unusually bright and forceful child. Her father,...
  • Will Port Stanley become Port Margaret?... rename Falklands capital in honour of their liberator

    04/09/2013 4:09:23 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 14 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 9th April 2013 | James Chapman
    Port Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands, should be renamed Port Margaret as a tribute to Baroness Thatcher, senior figures in the Foreign Office and Ministry of Defence are suggesting. The idea is being backed by MPs and is also attracting considerable support on the islands, which Lady Thatcher was responsible for liberating in 1982. The proposal is likely to trigger fury in Argentina, which has been ratcheting up the rhetoric over the sovereignty of the Falklands around the 30th anniversary of the conflict.