Friday, 27 February 2009

I meant to catch up on my postings last night but got waylaid by the film about Margaret Thatcher's last few weeks as Prime Minister. It was fascinating to see what really happened - well I'm not sure how close to the truth it was but it seemed pretty close. She was a remarkable woman but it is quite understandable how she became so unpopular within her cabinet. She didn't suffer fools gladly and treated the majority of them with complete disdain. In her later years she it became quite evident that the power had gone to her head and she stopped being rational about some of her decisions. She always thought she was right, even though there were times, like the poll tax, when she was evidently wrong. What I found particularly interesting was how few of the cabinet stood up to her and how they just told her what they thought she wanted to hear. Easy to see how she got carried away with her own power and control if no one ever told her that she had overstepped the mark . Some of the ministers that came off particularly badly in last nights portrayal of her downfall was John Major, Douglas Herd and Geoffrey Howe who were two-faced, spineless and dishonest. The one's that stood up to her were Kenneth Clark and Norman Tebbitt who was loyal to the end. It was a shame that the end of her premiership ended as it did as, whether you liked her or not, she has to go down as one of Britain's finest prime ministers.