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The Iron Lady...Margaret Thatcher

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The Iron Lady...Margaret Thatcher

Post by sassy86 on Tue Oct 04, 2011 8:16 pm

The Iron Lady


The 'iron lady' is the nickname often attributed to Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of the United
Kingdom from 1979 to 1990. The appellation is used to refer to those qualities of strong will and authority. Thatcher was
indeed determined to improve financial sectors. She won popularity as she decreased unemployment and contributed to an economic recovery which favored her re-election in 1983.


A Conservative minister remarked that she "carried the authority of her office always with her. It was in her handbag….She was asserting it the whole time." Just as Chamberlain had had his umbrella and Churchill his cigar,
Margaret Thatcher's physical and metaphorical prop was her handbag. It contained crumpled notes full of facts and figures that could floor an interlocutor at 20 paces. "She cannot see an institution without hitting it with her handbag," another observer wrote.

The "handbagger"—prime minister for 11 years, six months and 24 days (1979-90)—turned around the ruinously ailing British economy of the 1970s and shook the nation out of its demoralized slough. She broke the mold—she was the
first woman prime minister in Europe and the longest-serving head of government in Britain in the 20th century
. She achieved iconic status in the Conservative Party and, as the country's representative, internationally.





"Thatcherism" became a label not just for her aggressive "conviction" politics but also a byword for the changed spirit of the 1980s.

By virtue of her social and nonconformist religious background she was an outsider in the patrician Conservative Party. By her heretical economic views she was a minority voice. By her individualism in the notoriously clubby world of politics, she generated suspicion. By her behavior in the European arena, she made heads of state bristle. By her very handbag, that symbol of femininity, she stood out from the male crowd of politicians. And by the fact that she wielded it with such masculine force she seemed an aberration of genteel womanhood.

Many films and documentaries have been made about this strong willed woman who became an example, if not a monument, for female heads of government and other 'iron ladies' like:
Yulia Tymoshenko, the former Ukrainian Prime Minister or Angela Merkel current Chancellor of Germany...etc

Sources:

http://www.who2.com/margaretthatcher.html
http://www.historynet.com/margaret-thatcher-iron-lady.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_Lady
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Re: The Iron Lady...Margaret Thatcher

Post by Blidi on Tue Oct 04, 2011 9:20 pm

Thanks for the information
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Re: The Iron Lady...Margaret Thatcher

Post by glourious on Thu Oct 06, 2011 5:03 pm

Ohhhhh myyyy Gooooooood !! I had nightmares about Thatcher during the days I was writing my theses about her political power....I read every book about her, all her videos, documentaries and speaches (some of which you have provided me with Sassy) .....maaaannnn!.... she was really a strong politician..even the Russian couldn't handle her :p ...&....me neither :p

Thaks for reminding me sassy :p
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Re: The Iron Lady...Margaret Thatcher

Post by sassy86 on Thu Oct 06, 2011 6:05 pm

@ Blidi : you're welcome brother Smile
@ glourious :i was waiting for your post!! Laughing it was a 'clin d'oeil' actually, to see if you still remember Lady Thatcher, i see that you still do Twisted Evil
I wonder if you dreamt of her handbag Rolling Eyes kidding.

It seems it was the Russian media who gave her this nickname . You can lecture us more than i can possibly do on the matter, if you're not still traumatized
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Post by glourious on Fri Oct 07, 2011 1:08 pm

hello again !!! believe me Sassy Thatcher is the most interesting political figure anyone can ever deal with. Everything about her: her character, her political philosophy and her strength and determination to carry out her plans for Britain are just amazing.
I'll be back to tell you some of the most interesting things I learnt about her...because now I need to run
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Re: The Iron Lady...Margaret Thatcher

Post by Guest on Tue Oct 25, 2011 7:18 pm

Thank you so much dear sassy. There's a good reflection of Thatcher in this forum.........Do you know her, sassy? Wink

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Post by sassy86 on Wed Oct 26, 2011 11:10 pm

Hi sweet Hadiya, I'm so happy that you liked it Very Happy
Euh, a reflection? Yes you are one of those iron ladies I admire And if you mean me; this is just the best compliment one can give me Razz
Just kidding
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Re: The Iron Lady...Margaret Thatcher

Post by Guest on Thu Oct 27, 2011 11:53 pm

sassy86 wrote:Hi sweet Hadiya, I'm so happy that you liked it Very Happy
this is just the best compliment one can give me Razz

You're so witty, sassy86. No one can rival you. I bet anyone who opposes this idea. What do you think ?


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Re: The Iron Lady...Margaret Thatcher

Post by sassy86 on Fri Oct 28, 2011 11:35 pm

Oh that's so kind of you sister, to think so high of me <3 same here. Though I'm just standing on a hill compared to others who are on mountains.

" Power is like being a lady... if you have to tell people you are, you aren't." Margaret Thatcher
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Post by Guest on Sat Oct 29, 2011 10:19 pm

Never be on a higher mountain...You see people small from high and they see you small from the foot of the mountain. It's better to stay with them at their height on a little hill.... Is it sufficent to describe you dearest Sassy86?

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Re: The Iron Lady...Margaret Thatcher

Post by sassy86 on Sat Oct 29, 2011 11:35 pm

God! I'm speechless, it's too much Embarassed Bless you sweet Hadiya, just hope i'll be at the level of your expectations my sister.
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