Dead Men Left

Friday, October 14, 2005

Thatcher's dead!

Unfortunately not. Not long now, though. What's all this rehabilitation business, anyway?

What undermines her reputation at home is the quality her friend Ronald Reagan had, Churchill and Elizabeth I too, but she did not: that human touch in her public personality, humour, imaginative sympathy for those unlike herself, generosity towards opponents. She chose to be the warrior. But, as Iain Dale's new anthology of tributes repeatedly demonstrates, her 11-year rule was full of acts of personal kindness and private loyalty.

Yeah, it was her coldness and her lack of "that human touch" that really turned people against her. If only she'd been a bit nicer, like Mr Tony, she'd still be in Number 10 now.

I shudder to think what the obituaries will be like. Still, won't let it put a damper on things.