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The first time I saw Margaret Thatcher

Andy McSmith
thatcher 3 300x225 The first time I saw Margaret Thatcher

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The first time I saw Margaret Thatcher face to face was a quarter of a century ago, when I was a humble functionary working in the Labour Party press office. One afternoon – it must have been soon after the end of Prime Minister’s Questions – I was walking along a narrow corridor behind the Speaker’s Chair in the Commons when I was confronted by a woman coming the other way. Something about her made me look carefully: I realised, to my astonishment that it was Margaret Thatcher, unaccompanied by any flunkeys, presumably on her way to her Commons office. As is often said of the famous, she looked smaller in the flesh. I was so taken aback that I was standing like an idiot, blocking her way, which seemed to amuse rather than annoy her. With a half-smile, she raised a finger and pointed it from side to side, like a windscreen wiper, meaning that I could choose to press myself against the wall to the right or to the left, but I was to stand aside. I did, and she marched by.

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  • creggancowboy

    I saw Ceausescu once.

  • PurbeckPashmina

    He told me you were blindfold and escaped with one bound! I shall return all my Romanian medals forthwith!

  • creggancowboy

    Even Jesus would not forgive Thatcher her sins. As with Bliar she was a pal of mass murderer Pinochet – water finds its own level.

  • PurbeckPashmina

    Pinochet would have been sent to Spain were it not for illness, rather as Al Megrahi was returned to Libya (I know it was the SNP legal officer, but all you Indie types said twas Blair) and Britain called for clemency for Saddam. Blair (and later Brown) were Christian and favoured mercy.

  • creggancowboy

    DNA databases, ID cards & internment without trial – where IS that in the New Testament?

  • Pacificweather

    The difference is Al Megrahi was innocent. I am sure you have read the transcript of the trial as I have. The stain on the reputation of the Scottish legal system was eventually mitigated by a Scot as you say. The most likely perpetrator, the one with the most evidence against him, was already in prison for another crime.

  • PurbeckPashmina

    I think Al Megrahi was innocent too. It isn’t clear which legally formulated charges Pinnochet was guilty of, or whether Spain would have produced a fair trial. But the key is that mercy for the weak links these cases.

  • PurbeckPashmina

    Perhaps you should read the Gospels for spiritual guidance, and ask me about worldly policy?


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