Hello, such a sad day
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 history.
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 harder."'
RIP You have been an inspiration x