Monday, November 14, 2011

The Iron Lady - official UK trailer

His Grace can hardly wait.


Blogger AncientBriton said...

I don't care for the actress, sorry, actor, but well portrayed. Sorry YG, but your idol appears to be as mad as a hatter!

14 November 2011 at 19:35  
Blogger The Way of the Dodo said...

Standing up for what one believes and basing one's actions on ideas, not how they will appear, is 'mad' by today's standards. Love her or loath her, Mrs T spoke her mind and knew what she wanted.

Oh how I wish more of our politicians were crazy!

14 November 2011 at 22:03  
Blogger non mouse said...

Streep's apparently type-casting her "English" characters more than a bit. Pity.

I might have been able to sit through it, otherwise. (Especially if the lady herself has authorised the script -- has she?).

14 November 2011 at 22:43  
Blogger Oswin said...

Hopefully, the film will make a fortune for Britain.

14 November 2011 at 23:23  
Blogger Kelso said...

As an American soldier I met the PM (and she signed her books to me).

I inquired: "Ma'am, what is the motto on your coat of arms?"

"Cherish Freedom"

"I like that! May I use that on mine?"

"I wish you would young man!"

I am sitting here with my family crest embroidered on the polo shirt I'm wearing...."Cherish Freedom" on the ribband...

Thank you, Iron Lady, for you had power in danger's hour, our freedoms to defend. Well and nobly done!

14 November 2011 at 23:31  
Blogger Harry Hook said...

I'm sorry YG... but I can't stop comparing this epic to "The Strike" starring Al Pacino as Arthur Scargill and Meryl Streep as his wife... priceless LOL.

15 November 2011 at 00:16  
Blogger David Lindsay said...

What was Thatcherism, really? What did she ever actually do? She gave Britain the Single European Act, the Anglo-Irish Agreement and the Exchange Rate Mechanism. She gave Britain the Police and Criminal Evidence Act, the Children Act, and the replacement of O-levels with GCSEs, the last so much of a piece with her closure, while she was Education Secretary, of so many grammar schools that there were not enough left at the end for her record ever to be equalled. And she gave Britain the destruction of the economic basis of paternal authority.

Thereby, the middle classes were transformed from people like her father into people like her son. Her humble origins were massively exaggerated. Her father was a prominent local businessman and politician who ran most of the committees and charities for miles around, sent her to a fee-paying school, and put her through Oxford without a scholarship. She told us, and she really did, that “there is no such thing as society”, in which case there cannot be any such thing as the society that is the family, or the society that is the nation. She turned Britain into the country that Marxists had always said it was, even though, before her, it never actually had been.

Specifically, she sold off national assets at obscenely undervalued prices. Meanwhile, she subjected the rest of the public sector, 40 per cent of the economy, to an unprecedented level of dirigisme. She compelled the local forms of the State to make gifts of considerable capital assets to people who were thus able to enter the property market ahead of private tenants who had saved for their deposits. She invented the Housing Benefit racket, vastly more expensive than maintaining a stock of council housing, and integral to the massively increased benefit dependency of the 1980s. She presided over the rise of Political Correctness, part of that decade’s general moral chaos, which also included her introduction of abortion up to birth, and her mercifully unsuccessful attempts to abolish the special status of Sunday and to end Christian teaching in state schools.

Hers was the assault on the monarchy, since she scorned the Commonwealth, social cohesion, historical continuity and public Christianity, and called the Queen “the sort of person who votes for the SDP”, arrogating to herself the properly monarchical and royal role on the national and international stages, using her most popular supporting newspaper to vilify the Royal Family, and legislating to pre-empt the courts on both sides of the Atlantic by renouncing the British Parliament’s role in the amendment of the Canadian Constitution, as well as, on the instructions of Rupert Murdoch, to abolish the power of the Parliament of the United Kingdom to legislate for individual Australian states, to end the British Government’s consultative role in Australian state-level affairs, and to deprive the Queen’s Australian subjects of their right of appeal to Her Majesty in Council.

And hers was what amounted to the open invitation to Argentina to invade the Falkland Islands, followed by the (starved) Royal Navy’s having to behave as if the hopelessly out-of-her-depth Prime Minister did not exist, a sort of coup without which those Islands would be Argentine to this day. She had of course been about to sell the ships in question, at a knocked down price, to Argentina. Nor did she experience any electoral bounce as a result of the war that she had caused in the Falklands; on the contrary, the figures make it crystal clear that Conservative Party took fewer actual votes in 1983 than it had done in 1979, and won the 1983 Election only because it faced a divided Opposition.

15 November 2011 at 00:33  
Blogger Oswin said...

I bet you don't like custard either...

15 November 2011 at 02:15  
Blogger non mouse said...

Mr. Lindsay -- I knew I never could trust her, but couldn't put my finger on why (except she seemed to think she ought to be Queen). But I had to assume she was better than all the alternatives.
However, if what you say is true ... it goes some way to explaining my instinctive reaction.....

15 November 2011 at 03:13  
Blogger bluedog said...

French President Francois Mitterand was a connoiseur of women, judging by the number of mistresses and illegitimate children that emerged on his death.

Of Margaret Thatcher he famously said, 'The lips of Munro, the eyes of Caligula'.

It promises to be a most entertaining film.

15 November 2011 at 09:55  
Blogger graham wood said...

"It promises to be a most entertaining film."

Yes. Which is why it was made - i.e. for Box office reasons.

Any association with facts in this film, real people and actual events,
are entirely accidental.

But no doubt it will be a winner!

15 November 2011 at 10:12  
Blogger Span Ows said...

non mouse "However, if what you say is true ... it goes some way to explaining my instinctive reaction..."

You're saved non mouse, what Lindsay writes is only his opinion and not based much in facts; I can tell you (with the backing of history, books, papers, internet, anything in fact) that his 'society' and 'Falklands' paragraphs are complete pants. the second paragraph is mostly pats as anyone can find or by Googling or Wiki on Alfred Roberts. Also to say "And she gave Britain the destruction of the economic basis of paternal authority" is just so ridiculous as to be delusional.

Hope this helps...

15 November 2011 at 10:25  
Blogger The Way of the Dodo said...

non mouse
My dad used to say listen to what people say, not how they say it. Many of us "instinctively" reacted negatively to Mrs T's style. And I agree with much of Span Ows' observations about an earlier post that seems to have confirmed your negative opinion of her.

I didn't agree with some of Mrs T's policies or her approach and choice of words on occassions, but I admired her conviction, honesty and leadership. She wasn't one for 'focus groups' and 'conversations' or the double-speak, PR machinery that the modern politician cling to.

15 November 2011 at 15:22  
Blogger Matthew Steeples said...

This looks to be an excellent take on events. Those criticising this film should embrace it instead. I've written up my thoughts at:

15 November 2011 at 16:21  
Blogger Oswin said...

Owl Spans and Dodo: indeed yes; Mr. Lindsay's semi-messianic rant contains some elements of truth amidst his plethora of busted spleen. One wonders if someone stole his wee bottle of milk?

15 November 2011 at 16:54  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

Mrs T was as mad as a box of frogs but very necessary for the times, I think. I believe large numbers of people are plotting to throw lumps of coal in front of her funeral cortege when she shuffles off, which seems rather uncouth to me but shows the strength of feeling about her still in the Midlands and up North.

15 November 2011 at 18:08  
Blogger The Way of the Dodo said...

Oswin, "milk" al la Mr Jackson?

Talking of mood enhancers, which we weren't, did you know there were over 40 million prescriptions issued in England and Wales for anti-depressants last year?

15 November 2011 at 22:07  
Blogger Oswin said...

Dodo: only some of them were mine....God knows who gets the other three quarters! :o)

15 November 2011 at 22:24  
Blogger The Way of the Dodo said...

Oswin, that leaves 50% unaccounted for but I couldn't possibly speculate further on this!

15 November 2011 at 23:59  
Blogger klesk said...

Confirmed release date and new trailer:

16 November 2011 at 10:51  

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