The First and only Female to become the British Prime minister dies at 87……
Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher (13 October 1925 – 8 April 2013), was a British politician, the longest-serving (1979–1990 under the Conservation Party) Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of the 20th century. Born in October 1925 in the small eastern England market town of Grantham. She studied chemistry at Oxford, but was involved in politics from a young age, giving her first political speech at 20. She was elected leader of the Conservative Party in 1975 at the age of 50, when the party was in opposition. She made history four years later, becoming prime minister when the Conservatives won the elections of 1979, the first of three election victories to which she led her party. A Soviet journalist called her the “Iron Lady“, a nickname which became associated with her uncompromising politics and leadership style. As Prime Minister, she implemented Conservative policies that have come to be known as Thatcherism.
A friend’s status…. “RIP to the ‘IRON LADY’ Margaret Thatcher, you came, you saw and my my did you conquer….!”
A spokeswoman reported that Margaret Thatcher suffered a stroke. The funeral would take place at St. Paul’s Cathedral, with full military honours, followed by a private cremation.
“It will be years – and not in my time – before a woman will lead the party or become Prime Minister” – Speech, 1974.
Six years after she made that statement in a television interview, Thatcher won the nation’s top job and became the first female British prime minister. She definitely puts a definition the the phrase what a man can do, a woman can do better……
To an EXTRA-ORDINARY woman, may her soul rest in peace…..
Famous Quotes from “The Iron Lady”…….
- “In politics, if you want anything said ask a man, if you want anything done ask a woman.” (from a May 1965 speech to the National Union of Townswomen’s Guilds Conference)
- “Pennies don’t fall from heaven, they have to be earned here on earth.” (from a November 1979 speechat Lord Mayor’s Banquet)
- “I am extraordinarily patient — provided I get my own way in the end.” (from a March 1982 European Council meeting)
- “Defeat — I do not know the meaning of the word!” (talking about the 1982 Falkand Islands conflict)
- “Oh, but you know, you do not achieve anything without trouble, ever.” (from a November 1984 interviewwith ITN in Paris)
- “You know, if you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything, wouldn’t you, at any time? And you would achieve nothing!” (from a May 1989 Press Association interview)
- “Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.” (Commonly attributed to Thatcher, though the source and context of the remark are unclear)
- “I wasn’t lucky. I deserved it” – Comment on receiving a school prize, aged nine.
- “No one would have remembered the Good Samaritan if he’d only had good intentions. He had money as well” – Television interview, 1980.
- “We knew what we had to do and we went about it and did it. Great Britain is great again” – Comment at end of Falklands conflict.
- “I think, historically, the term ‘Thatcherism’ will be seen as a compliment” – Speech, 1985.
- “I don’t mind how much my ministers talk, as long as they do what I say” – Interview, 1987.