Daniel Hannan: How about a Nobel Prize for Margaret Thatcher?

Growing up as the daughter of a political dissident behind the iron curtain, it would have been just about impossible for me to have not become aware of ‘politics’ from a young age…

And, aware I of politics I did become!  On both the macro and the micro scale.

When I was of kindergarten age, the parents of other kids feared letting their children play with me:  what if someone saw it and noted in their dossier that from an early age, the child had consorted with political undesirables?  It may seem preposterous or paranoid to most people living in our society, but, back then and there, even a small notation like that could prevent a student from being accepted to the school of their choice…

I also started to notice political cartoons in the only newspaper available – the party rag.  Rather, I noticed a change in tone, or tenor, or whatever the roper term is, in the political cartoons.  First, they were contemptuous cartoons depicting a buck-toothed smiling guy.  The others were not contemptuous – even though they were meant as a ridicule, even I could see that the woman they depicted struck true fear into the political people in charge.

The one openly disrespected and ridiculed was Jimmy Carter.

The one clearly feared was Margaret Thatcher.

And that was when I began to admire her!


One Response to “Daniel Hannan: How about a Nobel Prize for Margaret Thatcher?”

  1. derek Says:

    Margaret Thatcher, actually, is a historical figure that greatly fascinated me as well.

    She was a successful assertive woman who made the rules (which a lot of people fear), but it’s not just that because she never emphasized any feminine qualities and never made her sex an issue. She was a woman who accomplished so much without making her gender an issue. Why else do you think PRACTICALLY ALL feminist publications exclude her from stories of influential women?

    She was stubborn, never admitted to being wrong (even when she was), and she rarely showed signs of tenderness and sensitivity, making her come off as cold-blooded. But in the end, that’s how she overcame the media cycle’s desperation to find flaws in people, by developing a shell against it. When you are in that position, it’s just better to not apologize at all than to give any of your integrity to instigators and sensationalist journalists/pundits.

    She’s impregnable, in-conquerable, and indomitable.

    She was an enemy of academia, a title that no other prime minister could claim. That is proof in itself that she was such an honest authentic thinker. Not only that, but she was a consistent fiscal conservative. She stood her ground and made her policies happen. Even as Reagan was failing to bring real fiscal conservative to government, Thatcher was always on point.

    She didn’t just have the rhetoric. She had a plan, and a course of action. She’s the kind of conservative we need more of.

    And the best part, she never bought in to the silly social conservative religious fanaticism. The ideal conservative.

    People can disagree with her ideologies (I personally think she moved the country on the right track), no one can argue against how competent and influential she was. The greatest British leader of the whole 20th century, easily.

    That’s just my analysis. Let me know what you think.

    Xanthippa says:
    I am not knowledgable enough about all the details of her policies to give her a 100% approval as the greatest Brit leader of the 20th century – but she certainly fits in with the greats!

    Even if she is the one who first villified carbon…and subverted science for political purposes.

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