I just don’t know why. So far Not for Turning: The Life of Margaret Thatcher is a sympathetic but by no means hagiographic (is that a word?) look at the former Prime Minister; I’m pleased to be reading it, but if the whole point of them sending me a copy was to get a few lines of social media and maybe a review out of it… well, OK, but I’m not sure just how many units this sort of strategy moves.
Still, it’s a pretty good book so far. Comes out on this side of the pond on September 24th.
The President can’t be bothered to go himself, you see. Or – and this is the actually offensive part – send anybody currently from the administration.
Whitehall sources have revealed that the US delegation at tomorrow’s service in St Paul’s Cathedral will be led by two Reagan era secretaries of state: James Baker and George Shultz.
Though President Obama himself had not been expected to attend, there had been speculation that he would be represented either by Vice President Joe Biden or wife Michelle. However, the Obama administration had said it would not be attending Thatcher’s funeral before the Boston bombings…
The excuse here for the lack of the VP or FLOTUS is this, I kid you not:
[A US Embassy spokesman] said that both the First Lady and the Vice President were ‘the President’s point people on gun control’, adding: ‘This is a week when there is a lot of movement on Capitol Hill on gun control issues.’
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The Right Honorable Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, Order of the Garter, Order of Merit, Privy Counselor, Fellow of the Royal Society, has passed away from a stroke at the age of 87. She was the first female Prime Minister of Great Britain, serving from 1979 to 1990, and is widely considered to be the greatest one since Winston Churchill.
Her husband passed away in 2003; Baroness Thatcher is survived by one son, one daughter, and two grandchildren… but not by Soviet Communism, which died in 1991 of complications stemming from prolonged exposure to Margaret Thatcher.
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PS: And so passes the Cold War era. For both good and for ill.
Because, hey, this day didn’t suck quite enough:
Baroness Thatcher is recovering in hospital after undergoing surgery to remove a growth on her bladder.
The former Prime Minister is “absolutely fine” after the minor operation, a spokeswoman said.
The 87-year-old was admitted to hospital on Wednesday after complaining of pains. She is expected to remain there while she recovers.
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(Via Legal Insurrection) So sayeth Nile Gardner, who did one of those things that’s apparently beyond the reach of everybody who gleefully reported that Margaret Thatcher had snubbed Sarah Palin when the latter requested a visit. To wit, he checked with her office.
I have spoken to Lady Thatcher’s Private Office regarding the story, and they confirm that the attack on Sarah Palin definitely did not come from her office, and in no way reflects her views. As a former aide to Margaret Thatcher myself, I can attest that this kind of thinking is entirely alien to her, and that such remarks would never be made by her office. She has always warmly welcomed like-minded figures in the United States, and has in the past met with numerous US presidential candidates and political dignitaries when they have visited London. But at the age of 85 she is now able to receive very few visitors at all.
Bolding mine. and may I say in passing that the Left’s reflexive hatred of Sarah Palin is easily one the most pathetic sexual fetishes that I have seen in over twenty years of being a member of the counterculture*? Honestly, most of these people would be happier perusing clown porn. They’d certainly be more psychologically healthy.
PS: I never believed the rumor in the first place. Maggie always had class.
*SCA/Science fiction fandom/gamer edition. Trust me, you meet a nice, comprehensive cross-section of the alt-sex community that way.
I figured that Meryl Streep wasn’t going to let them destroy her chances at a third Oscar by giving her a horribly deformed Margaret Thatcher to play. Via Power Line, it seems that I was wrong:
The cameras have not even started rolling on a new film being made about Margaret Thatcher’s life in which she is expected to be played by Meryl Streep, but already the project has been tainted by controversy over the negative way it intends to portray the former Prime Minister.
On first hearing about the production last month, a member of Lady Thatcher’s family, who wishes to remain anonymous, said they were ‘appalled’ to learn that she will be depicted as a dementia sufferer looking back on her career with regret.
How do I put this nicely? Look, Hollywood: the reason why the movies that all y’all make that all y’all let be too informed by your personal political sensibilities never make any money is because, well, your personal political sensibilities suck and normal people hate them. This is not the fault of normal people, and neither is the fact that all y’all get incredibly whiny about having to go through the unbearable tedium of making movies that people will watch in sufficient quantities to support your collective hooker, cocaine, and left-wing liberal activism habits. So when this turkey bombs and Streep discovers that her numbers are going to be down slightly for the rest of her career, try some introspection before all y’all start pitching a fit.
I-N-T-R-Oh, never mind.
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