Sunday, January 04, 2009

Margaret Thatcher honoured by Gordon Brown (again)

Gordon Brown may have lost his moral compass, but he has an impeccable taste in idols. Baroness Thatcher was the recipient of his first invitation to Downing Street; he has supported her magnificent bronze being placed in the Palace of Westminster, and now he has commissioned a portrait of the great lady ‘as his personal tribute to her achievements’. According to The Daily Mail, ‘it depicts the Iron Lady at the height of her powers just after the Falklands War in 1982’. The portrait is to be hung in perpetuity in her former Number 10 study, which is unofficially known as the Thatcher Room. It is a work in progress, and is to be unveiled next month.

Cranmer pauses to admire.

Cranmer catches his breath.

Cranmer sighs for the bygone era of political greatness.

The commissioning of this portrait is indeed a curious act by Mr Brown. Not only is it the first painting of a former prime minister ever to be commissioned by Downing Street, but it will be the only painting of any prime minister inside Number 10, all the others being either photographs or photographs of prints all the way up the staircase. There is not an original painting of any of them in the building.

The decision is reported to have irked some Labour supporters, with one MP declaring that the Prime Minister’s decision ‘defied belief’ because ‘Maggie Thatcher is the devil incarnate’.

But what an absolutely magnificent devil!


Anonymous Horse said...

Thatcher was a crass liberal. As could be expected from the daughter of a greengrocer.

4 January 2009 at 17:08  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maggie Thatcher had more balls than the whole Labour Party put together. She dragged us out of the pit that the then "Communist" Unions and Labour Party had buried us in. She stayed too long, though. Had she left a few months earlier, her reputation would have remained intact. The left hate her, but they would have done anyway. They hated the Labour party, too.

During the last labour government, our bins were overflowing, rats were infesting the land (especially in Labour land), the national debt was increasing at a huge rate and our dead went unburied ............. We should never forget what labour and the Unions did to our country, during their last tenure. Never. They are repeating the same mistakes now.

4 January 2009 at 18:11  
Blogger TJ said...

What exactly are her achievements? Her policies in the financial sector are largely responsible for the current mess our economy is in, and are now widely condemned; while the tories lionise her, they call for, amazingly, more regulation. Her sale of council houses has turned rural villages into rich ghettos and rendered young people unable to find a place to live. She destroyed a coal industry which is now being revived. What else did she achieve?

4 January 2009 at 20:59  
Anonymous bugs bunny said...

Margaret Thatcher's anti-Irish bigotry led her to suggest mass displacement of the (indigenous) Catholic population of Northern Ireland as the solution to the Troubles. Her intrangient anticonciliatory hibernophobic attitude towards Catholic grievances and ignorance of Irish history and sensitivities brought Anglo-Irish relations back to the days of Cromwell. The pervasive anti-British feeling in Ireland, especially among the young (which as a secondary school student, I'm well acquainted with), is at least partly attributable to her.

4 January 2009 at 22:09  
Anonymous shaven-headed tattooed knuckledragger said...

Gordon Brown has continued Maggie's policy of destruction of British manufacturing industry and replacement with the 'Service Sector'.

As a result, we no longer make anything, but earn our livings by taking in one another's washing.

The effects of these policies are now becoming apparent with the slide of the pound, but far worse consequences are to come.

5 January 2009 at 00:48  
Anonymous John Knox said...

Typically Labour. Mere words where urgent action is required. No positive change of law or renewed material commitment to Christian values.

This is like giving a nice smile and a cookie to an elderly lady whose handbag one has just stolen.

Labour has wrecked Thatcher's England. Presently the party/government tries to restore its image with public niceties without actually doing something. In this case probably because the Queen suggested it and you can't win them all.

The Roman Catholic Bishops have been treated the same. And fell for it. First Labour forced a never ending package of Euro inspired anti Christian laws, effectually closing down the UK as sovereign power, resulting amongst other things in the closure of the Roman Catholic adoption agencies. Then they 'make up' by housetraining bishops with social niceties. Without saying sorry or undoing any harm.

I am disappointed that both Your Eminence and the Roman bishops seem to fall for this strategy. If conservative England can be placated still, or fooled, with honour roles while Rome is burning, there is not much future left for Britain.

5 January 2009 at 01:40  
Anonymous Catherine Tate said...

" Gordon Brown, is he a Prime Ministar ?"
Prime Ministers portraits

Labour more or less followed the Tories Maggie inspired policies but did so badly.
This slowed down the pernicious effects of their other policies but could not stop the ruination that is now upon us.

Browns seeming Maggie worship just might leave him with one legacy of which he can be proud. Her portait.

5 January 2009 at 05:54  
Blogger Little Black Sambo said...

This may be GB's one redeeming act.

5 January 2009 at 12:53  
Blogger ed thomas said...

Flatter your enemies. NuLab 101. What we're to infer is that they're scraping the barrel (of their maniac cynicism, that is), and it's nearly over. Thatcherites can be happy about that, at least.

6 January 2009 at 05:20  
Blogger Shakassoc said...

It looks like a terrific portrait. Will you please tell us who painted it?

Thank you.

6 January 2009 at 15:08  

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