Margaret Thatcher – unequivocally, a woman

Amidst the economic, political and humanitarian carnage this week, International Women’s Day came and went.

It was pointed out to me by a digital sage that Margaret Thatcher (latterly Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven), the first woman ever to become Prime Minister of the United Kingdom is “never” (at least not to our mutual recollection), spoken of in reverential terms on this key date for women on these shores and beyond.

In the same week that one of her most loyal lieutenants, Lord Tebbit, paid his final visit to the Palace of Westminster, it is appropriate to commemorate her brilliance, which bordered on genius, whilst avoiding regurgitating unnecessarily much of what is already well documented elsewhere.

You didn’t have to like Margaret Thatcher and sure enough not everyone did. She never courted popularity. However, she indisputably transcended sex in an era when women were thin on the ground in the House of Commons and with her wit, intellect, attention to detail and sheer determination, she was respected, revered, admired and often liked.

Those identitarians currently attempting to expunge the word “woman” from the dictionary would have been verbally eviscerated.

Unlike Keir Starmer, Boris Johnson, Ed Davey (all live on television) and this week alone Shadow Cabinet members, Yvette Cooper and Anneliese Dodds, Margaret would have fired off the words “adult human female” or “has a cervix” and avoided any equivocation over it whatsoever. Rightly so, for this is a settled issue.

Stonewall, which was founded during Lady Thatcher’s third term in office, was initially formed to campaign for equal rights for gay men and lesbians. It has been hijacked by a small but extremely vocal minority of transgender “activists” who wish to assert the primacy of gender over sex, despite the virtual immutability of the latter. I repeat, this is a settled issue and no amount of threats of cancellation would have convinced Lady Thatcher otherwise, anymore than they do me.

It is rarely recalled as time dulls the memory but Lady Thatcher wrote to the families of every member of the UK’s armed forces who passed away in the Falklands War. By hand. She eschewed sleep, which was treated as a necessary evil.

Few Prime Ministers are spoken of in the same breath as Winston Churchill. Fewer still win 3 successive General Elections. Fewer still inherited a country on its knees economically after 15 years of Wilson, Heath, Wilson again and Callaghan had succumbed to the might of the Trade Unions replete with wildcat strikes that repeatedly decimated our economic prospects and turned it around through sheer force of will. Not for nothing was she called “The Iron Lady”.

Strategically, Lady Thatcher transformed the United Kingdom from a declining power, “the sick man of Europe” into a property owning democracy that more than punched its weight on the world stage. Her relationship with Ronald Reagan was a high watermark for the “special relationship” between the UK and the US and undoubtedly helped to bring down the Berlin Wall.

Whilst the Poll Tax was her Waterloo, many around her, including Sir John Redwood and Michael Portillo urged her to fight on after she fell just short of the majority needed at the first time of asking in the 1990 leadership challenge from Michael Heseltine.

In the 31 years that have elapsed, the Conservative & Unionist Party has had a long but relatively undistinguished list of leaders.

Sir John Major, arch Europhile, was doomed from the day the UK crashed out of the Exchange Rate Mechanism on Black Wednesday (16th September 1992) and his full term in office, which still had over 4 and a half years to run, was a long, slow march to the Tories’ annihilation at the ballot box in 1997, keeping them out of office for 13 years.

From William Hague through Iain Duncan Smith and Michael Howard to David Cameron (who was in the wrong side of history in the Brexit Referendum), in 2016, the Tories elected (unopposed) Theresa May as their second female Prime Minister. The less said about her time as PM the better.

All of which brings us back to Lady Thatcher. As Mrs May found out, 41 years after the former grocer’s daughter from Grantham became leader of the Tory party, sex remains immutable but leadership, strategy, charisma and yes, a little bit of luck are either instinctive and inherent (in Lady Thatcher’s case) or ephemeral, in hers.

These are just some of the qualities exhibited by Lady Thatcher that mean the United Kingdom should continue to cherish, commemorate, champion and revere Margaret Hilda Thatcher, a truly international woman and a political giant who deserves to always be spoken of, alongside Churchill, as the greatest Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in the last 100 years.

© justchrisdavies 2022

Published by justchrisdavies

Happily married. Thatcherite Conservative, hawk, libertarian, meritocrat, patriot, free speech, free markets, abhor all identity politics, woke/cancel culture/Critical Race Theory. Privilege is not exclusively white. Proud of my country, and it’s history. Support our armed forces. Refuse to bow to revisionism. The Laffer Curve will set us free. Lower taxes = higher tax receipts @justchrisdavies on Twitter, GETTR and Parler. Support GBNews, Fellow of the Bow Group, Member of the Bruges Group.

3 thoughts on “Margaret Thatcher – unequivocally, a woman

  1. This was a great piece, giving people understanding on just who Margaret Thatcher was, and how much people, like myself, did not understand. Young people still high on the freedom years of the late 60’s /early 70’s, didn’t care, quite honestly, as long as work was there, they had money, and freedom. (Not all, but certainly me). I lived through the awful years of Labour, but I had helped to vote them in. I voted Labour, because my family always had! I would have backed Harold Wilson just because he was Labour. The Tories meant nothing to me, all they did was fight the trade unions, which I saw as a bad thing. I saw Ted Heath as the man that had caused the 3 day week, and Callahan as’ a nonsense figure.I wasnt sure of Harold Wilson, but he was the best of the worst! Margaret Thatcher appeared, and to me, she was a Tory, not good, a snob, too posh voice, didn’t understand people. How wrong I was. My life was severely curtailed at the beginning of the 80’s, due to a really bad accident, in which I nearly lost my life. I had many many months of trying to fight my way back, but Margaret Thatcher began to matter to me. Why? Because I had time and the mentality now, to listen. I ‘saw’ what she was fighting for, I ‘saw’ people like Arthur Scargill for what he was. I cheered her when she was fighting for our country and the people. I began to understand what she wanted to do. She had a spirit and a presence that could not be ignored, and no matter what people called her, she always acted with dignity and more than once made fools of people for ‘calling her names’, especially in the HOC. . She had a sense of humour that many took for sarcasm, she was clever, witty, and humble. Many say the Poll Tax was her stumbling block, but even though I didn’t like the idea, it would not have stopped me supporting her. We needed her, as a country, we needed her ideals and her wisdom. She could freeze the appendages of many a man, just with a look 😉 Many times she did that to her European Counterparts, they hated it and her. I felt so sad when she was pushed out of office, I will never really understand. What I do know however, is how much we need a person like her, at the helm. One that would fight for our country, and us, one that wouldn’t let all of this woke nonsense be part of the norm. And quite honestly, Prince Harry would be quaking in his boots if she spoke to him 😉 I ‘met’ more of Margaret Thatcher through her biography, reading it twice. She was formidable, but she was human, caring and patriotic with an iron will. The Iron Lady

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