Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher


Quite a stunning photograph and an utterly remarkable likeness. The only pity is that this is probably as close as the film will get to capturing the reality.

28 Comments:

Blogger D. Singh said...

Your Grace

How can a filthy Left-liberal possibly play the Iron Lady? Can’t they find a conservative?

8 February 2011 at 13:27  
Blogger Archbishop Cranmer said...

Mr D. Singh,

It is called 'acting'.

8 February 2011 at 13:29  
Blogger Archbishop Cranmer said...

Though the problem is highly unlikely to be in Streep's performance, but the screenplay and Lloyd's interpretation of it.

8 February 2011 at 13:30  
Anonymous DanJ0 said...

Has someone told them the Dear Bill letters were spoofs? :O

8 February 2011 at 13:51  
Blogger Man in a Shed said...

Didn't we have an actor as PM a while ago ?

8 February 2011 at 14:00  
Blogger English Viking said...

Dreadful woman.

8 February 2011 at 14:29  
Anonymous Paul said...

Streep is a great actress...Maggie Thatcher was a great politician and yes, it is acting...:-)

8 February 2011 at 14:43  
Anonymous Tony B said...

English Viking - which one?

8 February 2011 at 16:24  
Anonymous Oswin said...

I now find I have a deeply alarming mental image of Mrs. Thatcher singing ''Mamma Mia''!

8 February 2011 at 18:55  
Blogger LeucipottomySpoon82 said...

Someone has already been busy editing it. And don't blame me, I found it on Harry's Place :(

Nww Thatcher Pic

8 February 2011 at 18:57  
Blogger oldmaid said...

Meryl Streep is the best character actress I have ever watched.

One of her exceptional talents is her ability to mimic accents.

Watch the film 'Out of Africa', based on a true story, to see what I mean.

A truly wonderful and beautiful film.

8 February 2011 at 20:51  
Anonymous rosie said...

What historical film has ever captured its subject? The King's Speech is the latest example of miscasting and limited plot; and Helen Mirren was nothing like the Queen. Besides missing the charm and wit, both these actors were too big and ponderous physically, however hard they tried, and their way of speaking was bang wrong. Meryl Streep may make a better stab at it as Mrs T spoke in an elocuted way and that should be easier for an actress to get than a natural upper class accent. But will she be able to get that determined manner combined with a certain diffidence?

8 February 2011 at 21:27  
Blogger English Viking said...

Tony B,

Take your pick.

In terms of the utter destruction left behind, there can be only one.

And that comes from an inveterate Labour-hater.

His Grace confuses Christianity with Conservatism.

You may learn that if you read his pages often.

Merely the mostly superfluous of glances at scripture proves his error, but he continues to camouflage his love of all things blue with misquotations, Latin and a bit of culture (Shakespeare, etc).

I told him yesterday, but he refused to respond. He is a hypocrite.

That a woman who is responsible for the deaths of thousands, the promotion of greed, the dismantling of BR, BG, and BT, (to name a few) so that we can now be charged simply ridiculous amounts for their services, should be heralded as some paragon of virtue, well, it speaks volumes of the writer, don't you think?

I am sure God has a special place for Maggie, and there just might be a fair amount of wailing and gnashing of teeth. For her, and her corrupt, lying children.

The idea that she may somehow enjoy Heaven, and I, having totally misunderstood the Bible, may not, is a painful possibility.

8 February 2011 at 22:47  
Blogger Archbishop Cranmer said...

Mr English Viking,

More insults? More ad hominem?

What are these 'superfluous glances at Scripture' which 'prove' his error?

You have neither disclosed nor expounded even one.

As His Grace said yesterday, if you do not approve of His Grace's diet, God alone knows why you bother to trawl through the rubbish he writes. Please, go and found your own blog, and content yourself with yourself.

8 February 2011 at 22:56  
Anonymous Atlas shrugged said...

Mr English Viking

Margaret Thatcher left this place in a much better shape then she found it, it is such a pity no prime minister since, can claim to have done so, with a straight look on their face.

Thatcher was deposed by the Bilderbergers, for her strident opposition to further EU integration. As such she became the last even half true Prime Minister of this Nation. All of the rest have been Bilderberger appointees.

Her legacy may have been undermined by her successor, and then utterly trashed by our Blair and Brown, but a positive legacy still remains.

When I left school in 1978 this country was a basket case. Most of the A level students in my year ended up on building sites, if they were lucky. Punk Rock dominated the music business, strikes, strikes, and ever more strikes, along with their Communist unions leaders, our TV screens.

If Thatcher taught me anything it was that however bad things may seem to be, and they really were very bad indeed in 1979, they can get better on a collective as well as an individual level.

Ambulance drivers earned a basic wage of £25 per week in 1979, coal miners little more then £45. Is that the sort of jobs anyone in their right mind would want to keep, even with a 1970's cost of living?

As a general rule the only people who benefited from trades unions in those days were trades union leaders, owners of public or otherwise large corporations, and the printers in the news-paper industry.

However bad, things may seem to be today, and our last government undoubtedly was most devilishly so, anyone who would seriously wish to swap 2011 for 1979, should have their memory, if not also their sanity seriously questioned.

Any highly questionable amounts of 'good', our last bunch of criminally inclined despots achieved, was a DIRECT consequence of Margaret Thatchers legacy, not in any way a reaction to it. As I am sure, you very well know.

9 February 2011 at 02:37  
Blogger Manfarang said...

Mr Atlas
"Margaret Thatcher left this place in a much better shape then she found it, it is such a pity no prime minister since, can claim to have done so, with a straight look on their face."

Not so.
After Margaret Thatcher left office,indeed before, the British economy went into a recession on a worse scale since WW2. Under Thatcher in the mid-1980s,there was an economic mirage (built on credit) and those that bought into it suffered.Remember the negative equity.
They will not be showing this movie in many countries.The young people do not know who Margaret Thatcher was.

9 February 2011 at 05:16  
Anonymous Tony B said...

English Viking - I think history has vindicated you. Most of the changes she made have been recognised as great evils, and are being undone. Even by her own party.

9 February 2011 at 13:42  
Anonymous non mouse said...

Streep's eyebrows are wrong. So is her eye colour. The jewellery is is too prominent - and it outshines the 'personality' the actress projects. Judging by her expression, that personality is more fluffy and bouffant than the original - like the Streep's hair and lax mouth. I don't know what Thatcher's teeth were like, but would suspect that the glimpse of Streep's mouth is meant to perpetuate the mythology that all English people have bad teeth.

And I'm not even a Thatcher fan.

9 February 2011 at 14:55  
Anonymous rosie said...

The economy suffered because Mrs T's penultimate chancellor thought he knew best and decided behind her back and the rest of the cabinet's to shadow the D mark. He also brought in double mortgage tax relief and began the attack on marriage and the family. By ganging up on her with quite a few other powerful people and interests, he was able to bring her down over European integration; but she has been proved right. Naturally, none of them has apologised.

9 February 2011 at 16:22  
Blogger Bred in the bone said...

I believe Meryl was upset to discover she has no Jewish ancestry.

Must be awful waking up to being a Mongrel like the rest of us.

I wonder if they could get Rodders from only fools and horses to play the mongrel bithches plonker son.

9 February 2011 at 17:06  
Anonymous Oswin said...

Atlas shrugged @ 02:37

Thank you for that, and thank God that someone remembers!

Before Thatcher arrived, and got to grips with the economy, I recall stealing turnips from a field to feed my young family; my salary wiped-out by raging inflation and the consequent hikes in the mortgage rate.

N.B. I had to boil the turnips over an open fire, as we had no electricity due to 'power workers' striking!

9 February 2011 at 20:12  
Anonymous Liza said...

And I didn't want to have children at all until she arrived on the scene. There was quite a baby boom in 1980, so others must have felt the same.

9 February 2011 at 22:00  
Blogger English Viking said...

Your Grace,

I suspect that you do not really want me to expound scripture, any more than you wish me to expound my opinions.

I will though, if you really want.

I have re-read some of my recent posts and I must admit that some are rude and unnecessarily confrontational. I apologise for my lack of respect in disagreeing with you, particularly in your own house.

As I have said before, if you want me to leave, say it clearly and I will repair.

10 February 2011 at 01:15  
Blogger Manfarang said...

Oswin
"Before Thatcher arrived, and got to grips with the economy"
After Thatcher arrived there was lots of tosh about M3 M4,all of which meant nothing about the realities of economics.
Unemployment reached 3 million and exporting was crippled by a high exchange rate.
Rosie
How do you conduct major economic policies behind someone back?
A tin lady?

10 February 2011 at 01:43  
Anonymous rosie said...

By carrying out a policy that had not been agreed and then having furious arguments about it afterwards. Don't you remember the resignation of Alan Walters in the wake of those rows? Or the words: "Advisers advise, ministers decide."?

These rows with her chancellor were the first stage in her removal for being at odds with the establishment on the EU and the single currency. The FO wanted it; so did the Bank of England; the City; The FT; big business; all the liberals; half the socialists; half the conservatives; the BBC; the liberal press; half the cabinet - I could go on - and you talk about a tin lady! She had had them all against her ever since her election as leader of her party. What other PM has won 3 general elections on the trot with such enemies? And of course there was the IRA and Arthur Scargill, the Libyan terrorists, the Jamaican riots, and quite a few other problems of law and order which her successors did not have to face. And a justified war to win, 8,000 miles away, which she did.

10 February 2011 at 17:06  
Anonymous rosie said...

Oh, and I forgot to mention, the little matter of the cold war.

10 February 2011 at 17:09  
Blogger Manfarang said...

Exactly!The half baked economic thinking led many to question the wisdom or rather the lack of it of Thatcher.
The many mistakes in Northern Ireland meant Unionists distanced themselves from the Tories.
We had the policy of co-existence to thank for the cold war not becoming a hot war in Europe.
The gleaming example of free market capitalism, Hong Kong, was just given away to Communist China.
The "Hong Kong County Council" as she called the government of Hong Kong!
Hands up 1997!

Thatcher did not reverse the social and economic decline of the UK.Then as now the message for young people is- move overseas.

11 February 2011 at 05:30  
Anonymous Sydneysider said...

Oswin is right. Mrs. Thatcher should not be required to sing Mama Mia in the movie ( 'I'm a little teapot perhaps?')

13 February 2011 at 09:20  

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