Posted on | April 8, 2013 | 29 Comments
When my daughter Kennedy was 11, Margaret Thatcher came to Washington to give a speech — sponsored by the Heritage Foundation, as I recall — and I managed to get Kennedy inside on my media pass. While I don’t recall exactly what Baroness Thatcher said on that occasion, I was deeply grateful that my daughter got to see and hear the former British prime minister, who died today at age 87:
One of the most influential world leaders of the 20th century, Thatcher was elected to Parliament at age 34 as a member of the Conservative Party and spent the next two decades ascending the ranks to become Prime Minister in 1979. She set about reversing many socialist economic policies of the British Labour Party, famously saying, “The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.”
Thatcher’s resolve was tested in April 1982 when Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic. The British military had been weakened by years of neglect under Labour leadership.
When she was advised that the nation should not risk defeat in a distant and strategically irrelevant conflict, Thatcher famously replied: “Defeat? I do not recognize the meaning of the word!” . . .
UPDATE: Linked by Becca Lower and Da Tech Guy — thanks! — and ViralRead managing editor Nathan Martin got a statement from Iron Lady star Meryl Streep praising Thatcher as “a figure of awe for her personal strength and grit.”
The British Left has reacted to Thatcher’s death with the kind of crude viciousness you’d expect of the British Left.
As for this “tribute,” well . . . later.
- NBC News: Margaret Thatcher, ‘Iron Lady’ who led conservative resurgence in Britain, dies at 87
- New York Times: ‘Iron Lady’ of British Politics Dead at 87
- CNN: Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s first female PM, dead at 87
- London Telegraph: Margaret Thatcher dies: latest reaction