Monday, November 01, 2010

The beauty of Baroness Thatcher

It is a sad fact of our mortality that as we age, most of us appear increasingly less attractive and decidedly un-photogenic to the cultus of youth. Margaret Thatcher must be among the most photographed women on the planet, and there are thousands upon thousands of visual representations of her on the path to power, at the height of her glory, on the day of her fall, and from a myriad of occasions in between.

Now, the Great Lady often appears frail and vulnerable; a shadow of her former self.

But this picture, taken today as she left hospital after fighting off a serious infection, is really rather movingly beautiful. It has strength and pathos; it has a freshness with a certain familiarity; conviction with vulnerability; truth with grace; iron with a touch of velvet.

God bless you, Baroness Thatcher.

Your party and your country need you.


Anonymous not a machine said...

It is rather familiar ! My only regrett is that I didnt realise when younger what she was trying to defeat. Lord young should get a medal for todays announcement on small business suffering , over 50% of the workforce is employed by them and they have endured red tape costs impossible.
Enjoy a few more night caps and the lords company yet Maggie

2 November 2010 at 00:09  
Anonymous Atlas Shrugged said...

Oh yes Margaret Thatcher the last, and possibly the only British Prime minister not entirely bought and sold to the desires of the worlds corporatist establishment.

How the proverbial THEY must have hated this women, when not being completely bemused by her seeming unawareness of their existence.

She did what she thought was right, which at least half the time was not at all what she was supposed to do.

No wonder Heath and his remaining hangers-on regarded her as at least dangerously deranged.

The BBC have not got over her yet, and seemingly never will. While The Labour Party still blame the Thatcher era for everything from rainy days to the end of British manufacturing. ( Which is an achievement in itself. You simply can't be all bad if you piss off The BBC in particular, to that kind of extent.)

Britons decline as a manufacturing based economy was set in place well before the first WW. While this isle has been beset by unpredictable and often inclement weather since medieval times.

Cameron is not so much another Tony Blair ( although he is all but a carbon copy of him) as he is yet another Edward Heath. Which was a spinelessly accommodating establishment tool, who was a stranger to truth, and a close relative to vile deceit.

Thatcher was not just the last partly independent leader of this nation, she was quite possibly the last partly independent leader of ANY westernized nation.

Unfortunately for us and Margaret's political longevity was that she started to believe in her own propaganda, and therefore Iron-clad, walk-on-water type of Godlike invincibility.

She will go down in folk-law, but sadly not in our history books, as the last major elected leader who said, "NO, NO, NO" to the worlds corporatist establishment.

The only British Prime minister or American President since JFK, to hammer all of the nails into their own coffin, during one single speech.

2 November 2010 at 02:03  
Blogger Manfarang said...

History will not be kind to Margaret Thatcher for I shall write it.

2 November 2010 at 02:12  
Anonymous gyges said...

Largely because of Tebbitt and Thatcher the Tories picked up the nick name, the nasty party.

The Labour party has since grasped this title. Consider, their participation in torture, in direct contrast to the Thatcher gov who refused to have anything to do with it (as Craig Murray explained) and their participation in war mongering.

However, I can appreciate that if you do not hold similar values to myself, you would disagree with this view.

2 November 2010 at 08:09  
Blogger Gnostic said...

Well said, Your Grace.

2 November 2010 at 08:25  
Blogger English Pensioner said...

And I assume that it hasn't been airbrushed like most of the pictures of so-called celebrities and super-models that we see these days.

2 November 2010 at 09:47  
Anonymous berserker-nkl said...

YG's post really lays it out regarding our cosseted prisoners. No wonder prisons costs so much to build and furnish. Prisons should be built and furnished with just the basic amenities - no TV, billiard tables, libraries, visiting theatre companies etc. They would then cost a lot less.

Here's an idea. Get a Wii game that is about killing and maiming other prisoners. While we continue to produce an underclass that is totally uneducated and useless prisons will fill up.

2 November 2010 at 14:55  
Anonymous len said...

It is sad to see the debilitating affects of age on a person.
But the Lady still has spirit, and whatever your opinion of Margaret Thatcher one cannot but help admire her courage, strength, and fortitude.

2 November 2010 at 23:38  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

>one cannot but help admire her courage, strength, and fortitude.

Yes, and lets not forget her great loyalty.. to murderous South American dictators.

5 November 2010 at 13:25  
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9 November 2010 at 12:37  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As The Two Ronnies said: Her heart may be in the right place, but her Charleys Aunt.

10 November 2010 at 08:58  

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