October 24, 2014

G is for “greatest British peacetime prime minister”

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Unless you’ve been under a rock today, you’ve heard the news that Margaret Thatcher, former British Prime Minister, has died.

She was eulogized by current U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron as “the greatest British peacetime prime minister.”

Rest in peace, Margaret Thatcher.


Since I’m no expert on Britain’s “Iron Lady,” here’s a few hits from around the web (none of which I can take credit for):

Great quotes:

  • “If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.”
  • “I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil, and I believe that in the end good will triumph.”
  • “If my critics saw me walking over the Thames they would say it was because I couldn’t swim.”
  • “Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.”

And one of my favorites:

  • “Europe will never be like America. Europe is a product of history. America is a product of philosophy.”

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anigif_enhanced-buzz-19622-1365434487-13The Wall Street Journal told this story about Thatcher’s first meeting with Mikhail Gorbechev:

The close and candid relationships Mrs. Thatcher formed with both Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and Mr. Reagan, and her vocal support of the uncompromising U.S. position toward the Soviet Union, proved an important element in the end of the Cold War.

At her first meeting with Mr. Gorbachev, she leaned over the table to tell her Soviet counterpart over lunch: “Welcome to the United Kingdom. I want our relationship to get off to a good start, and to make sure there is no misunderstanding between us—I hate Communism,” said Sir Bernard, her press secretary at the time.

About Daniel Burton

Daniel Burton lives in Salt Lake County, Utah, where he practices law by day and everything else by night. You can follow him on his blog PubliusOnline.com where he muses on politics, the law, books and ideas. He is active on social media, Republican politics, and has been named to PoliticIt’s list of the “Top-50 Utah Political Opinion Leaders” on Twitter. You can reach him directly at dan.burton@gmail.com

  • http://cpsingleton42.wordpress.com cpsingleton42

    Nicely researched and written.

    • Daniel B.

      Thanks, CP, and thanks for stopping by.

  • http://lostinsidethecovers.wordpress.com ocdreader

    Very nice. I love the quotes!!

    • Daniel B.

      Thanks, ocd.

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