It must be something in the British water. Or maybe it’s the fog.
Whatever it is, the Mother Country has been producing kick-ass women leaders since Boadica laid waste to Roman Londinium in the year 60 or thereabouts.
Like many great leaders, Baroness Thatcher was a polarizing force politically. She took strong positions, some of which were difficult to justify. But even her enemies respected her intelligence and strength. There’s no question that she kicked butt and took names. She despised Communism and was instrumental in precipitating the collapse of the USSR.
There will be much written about the Baroness, so I’ll limit myself to sharing a few anecdotes I heard Monday on National Public Radio.
Mrs. Thatcher liked to think of herself as royalty, going so far as to refer to herself with the royal “We.” Think of Queen Victoria stating, “We are not amused.” Neither, apparently, was the Royal Family.
One Commentator opined that she ought to be compared to the Queen, but the Queen in question is Elizabeth I, not Elizabeth II.
Finally, a caller spoke of an occasion when he, his wife, and their young children met Mrs. Thatcher in Park City, Utah, of all places. The caller’s wife said to her, “My children think that you’re the Queen of England.”
Mrs. Thatcher replied, with a twinkle in her eye, “Don’t disillusion them, dear.”
Rest in peace, Baroness. And thank you.
- Baroness Thatcher dies following a stroke (newstatesman.com)
- RIP Margaret Thatcher (cottoncandyldn.wordpress.com)
- The Iron Lady: Margaret Thatcher Dead at 87 (americanlivewire.com)
- Baroness Margaret Thatcher has died at the age of 87 after suffering a stroke (express.co.uk)
- Margaret Hilda Thatcher Biography (emarshy.wordpress.com)