I’m not going to discuss politics or legacy. But, when I heard Margaret had died, I recalled these words of US President Richard Nixon when he resigned from office:
Always remember that others may hate you but those who hate you don’t win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself.
It perfectly described her Premiership. She truly did not care that some opponents hated her, Thatcher went on to secure three General Election victories and served from 4 May 1979 – 28 November 1990. Longest serving Prime Minister of the 20th Century.
Tony Blair followed the same philosophy, along with the new generation party leaders of Nick Clegg, David Cameron and Ed Miliband – leave the hatred to others. It you desire to lead and bring about true change, then prepare to be hated by some quarters.
The House of Commons, Mother of all Parliaments, has a unique ability of creating great leaders. Churchill, Attlee, Lloyd George, Disraeli, Gladestone, William Pitt the Younger are among her greatest offspring. Margaret Thatcher, rightly or wrongly, joins the fine and exclusive club of great Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.