The Wit and Wisdom of Margaret Thatcher: And Other Tory Legends

The Wit and Wisdom of Margaret Thatcher: And Other Tory Legends

Richard Benson

Language: English

Pages: 224

ISBN: 1849530947

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

A wonderful encapsulation of the voice of Britain's former prime minister
"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."
Margaret Thatcher, UK prime minister 1979–1990 and leader of the Conservative Party 1975–1990, was the only women to hold either post, and was reelected for an unprecedented third term, earning her a place in British history as one of the most extraordinary figures of the late 20th century. This collection gathers together pithy and often witty quotations by the outspoken Iron Lady and fellow party members, many of them still surprisingly relevant today.


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something said, ask a man… if you want something done, ask a woman. Margaret Thatcher You chaps don’t like short answers. Or direct answers. Men like long rambly, waffly answers. Margaret Thatcher On what she learned during her time in politics: Men are not a reasoned or reasonable sex. Margaret Thatcher The cocks may crow, but it’s the hen that lays the egg. Margaret Thatcher I owe nothing to Women’s Lib. Margaret Thatcher Any woman who understands the

Plan your work for today and every day, then work your plan. Margaret Thatcher We hanker after a West German standard of output. Margaret Thatcher There is nothing inevitable about rising unemployment. Margaret Thatcher Whatever we want to achieve, we have to do something about it ourselves. Margaret Thatcher I couldn’t live without work. That’s what makes me so sympathetic towards those people who are unemployed. I don’t know how they live without working. Margaret

Margaret Thatcher on the Falklands A world without nuclear weapons would be less stable and more dangerous for all of us. Margaret Thatcher The Russians put guns before butter. We put just about everything before guns. Margaret Thatcher There is no need for Europeans to quake before any threat from the Soviet colossus. Margaret Thatcher Soviet military power will not disappear just because we refuse to look at it. Margaret Thatcher Perhaps some people in the

There are many people who are reasonably pleased that one gives a firm lead. Margaret Thatcher on being criticised for not always listening and being domineering in style I usually make up my mind about a man in ten seconds; and I very rarely change it. Margaret Thatcher I am really very normal. I’m just a perfectly ordinary person. Margaret Thatcher THE IRON LADY SPEAKS You turn if you want to. The lady’s not for turning. Margaret Thatcher If it is once again one

cricketers – too many rash strokes and run-outs, dropped catches and bowling anywhere but the stumps. Norman Tebbit Opinion polls are not worth the paper they are written on, in my view, through the conference season. They don’t settle down again until November. Norman Tebbit RIGHT HONOURABLE FRIENDS When the Right Honourable Gentleman stops his troops from fighting it. Margaret Thatcher, when asked when she intended to stop fighting the last election May I assure

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