Margaret Thatcher: "If you just set out to be liked- you
will compromise on anything at any time and achieve nothing"
The most extraordinary, nation-changing PM in modern British
A leader who made mistakes & could be harsh- to people
close to her and people she'd never met.
But she took a country that had lost faith in itself and
gave it a long and repeated slapping and left it stronger, richer and more
self-confident than when she came in.
The grocers daughter who went to Grammar School and Oxford
and proved that a woman could be a man's equal or even superior. Her brand of
women's rights- the right to compete and succed on equal terms with men- didnt
fit in with fashionable left-wing feminism. She wasnt interested in banning,
seperating, promoting or defining- she was interested in winning.
My fave quote about her from Andrew Marr (thanks to Mr M):
'At the point when most politicians would have flinched,
when any previous PM (Eden, Macmillan, Wilson, Heath, Callaghan, even
Churchill) would have changed their policies and pushed out clouds of ink to
disguise their retreat- Margaret Thatcher did the exact opposite.
When the sky was falling in, she said: "Push a bit