Andrew Brons MEP view on the death of Margaret Thatcher - a view we agree with !
It would not be quite true that I have nothing positive to say about
Mrs. (later Baroness) Thatcher’s political record. I have two remarks
about her that might be considered, at least, to be some mitigation.
She was followed by those who were even greater scoundrels: Major; Blair; Brown; and Cameron.
Secondly, there are reasons to think that her ‘Iron Lady’ image was, at
the very least, misleading. She certainly acted aggressively towards
those in her Cabinet, who, she had been persuaded, were her political
enemies. However, the word ‘persuaded’ should not be forgotten. For all
her apparent aggression, she was supremely capable of being manipulated.
Those who knew how to manage her, controlled her. For all her academic
prowess in the natural sciences, she was a babe in arms when it came to
She had her favourites, who knew where they and their policies were
leading: Sir Keith Joseph, who saw himself as the populariser of Milton
Friedman’s ideas. Sir Keith had other (non-economic) ideas that were
much sounder but that is another article for another day. She adopted
‘austerity policies’ before they were called ‘austerity policies’ and
delighted in the prospect of workers being forced to lower the wages for
which they were prepared (or forced) to work. Unemployment was a
Grantham, non-conformist lesson in humility.
Her election victory in 1979 was largely fuelled by the strikes of the
‘Winter of Discontent’. There were pernicious Communists in the trade
union movement, like Red Robbo who helped to destroy our car industry.
However, the strikes of 1978/79 however disruptive and
counter-productive, were against the ‘Social Contract’ agenda of wage
Her destruction of Britain’s manufacturing industry, and later our coal
mining industry, were, by some quirk of reasoning, seen as positive. The
National Union of Mineworkers was certainly led by the appalling
Marxist, Scargill, but the other Non-Marxist leadership candidates were
just as defensive of miners’ jobs – as they should have been. Coal is a
lost British resource for the loss of which Thatcher is personally
responsible. She was persuaded by shadowy political gangsters to refuse
negotiation and to follow the failure of the strike with the destruction
of the industry.
“But at least she was patriotic,” I hear you say.
She affected to be a Euro-Sceptic but one of her first acts as
Conservative Leader was to campaign for a ‘Yes’ vote in the 1975
referendum. In 1986, she embraced the Single European Act with its
erosion of our sovereignty. In the late 1980s, she was apparently
‘unaware’ that her Chancellor, Lawson, was manipulating the value of the
£ to shadow the Deutschmark. In 1990, in a last desperate attempt to
remain Conservative leader and Prime Minister, she allowed her
Chancellor, John Major, to join the Exchange Rate Mechanism – the
fore-runner of the Euro. She rated the retention of her job as more
important than her Nation’s sovereignty.
“Well,” I hear you say, “at least she was an inspirational war leader,
during the Falklands War”. That cannot be denied; it helped her to win
the 1983 (and perhaps 1987) General Election. However, she had been
conniving for two years with her Foreign Office ministers to hand the
Falklands to Argentina on a plate. It was those negotiations that
emboldened the Argentines to invade. Her negotiations led to the
invasion; the invasion led to the Falklands War, which led to the deaths
of 253 British servicemen. Their blood is on their hands.
“On the most important issue of immigration, Mrs Thatcher must, at least
be seen as sound,” I hear you suggest. She undoubtedly said a lot to
create that impression. In 1978, she explained how she understood the
fear of British people at being ‘swamped’ by immigrants of a different
‘culture’ (by which she meant ‘race’). In reality, no fewer
unassimilable immigrants landed on our shores and at our airports after
she was elected as did before she was elected. On immigration, as on
everything else, she was a practised fraudster.
I must revise my earlier ‘commendation’ of her. I implied that her
successors were worse than she was. They at least were (and are) openly
Anti-British. Thatcher pretended to be a patriot. She was an unmitigated
Andrew Brons MEP
Thatcher was an unmitigated disaster for Britain. And the sheer hypocrisy now of the Tories, who it has to be remembered, threw her out of office ! No one went near her for years, they ignored her as her usefullness was spent.
There will be much wailing in the City of London and other centres of high finance. Israel will also be very sad. For she was their servant.
She was also a Bilderberger, so enough said there really.
When the truth finally comes out, and it will, how many will deny their current 'Maggie superhero' stance ?
Her links with paedophiles like Jimmy Saville are starting to cast a coming storm over the Thatcher legacy.