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!