“The Lady’s not for turning”

In recalling the great Margaret Thatcher to mind this morning following the announcement of her death, there’s nothing like the real thing. In the video clip below from her speech at the Conservative Party conference at Brighton on October 10, 1980, Prime Minister Thatcher responds memorably to her squishy Tory critics. Wikipedia reminds us: “The speech as a whole was very warmly received at the conference, and received a five-minute standing ovation.”

As she herself said in her eulogy of Ronald Reagan, so we can say of her: “We here still move in twilight. But we have one beacon to guide us that [Margaret Thatcher] never had. We have [her] example. Let us give thanks today for a life that achieved so much for all of God’s children.” RIP.


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