Friday, 12 April 2013

Uninvited guests

The President of Argentina (but the London ambassador is)
Nelson Mandela (but his representative is)
Arthur Scargill
Glenda Jackson
Augusto Pinochet (but his ghost is)
Jacques Delors
Meryl Streep
Bobby Sands
Philip Morris
Clive Ponting
Diana Gould
Peter Fluck
Ken Livingstone
Derek Hatton
Nigel Farage
Roger Law
Ian Hislop
Convocation of the University of Oxford
Durham Miners' Association
The enemy within
The evil empire
The state (not officially)
The Good Samaritan
St Francis of Asisi

"The hatred that burns in their hearts against Margaret Thatcher is actually an enormous tribute to Margaret Thatcher, because she won." Conor Burns Conservative MP

"Everyone likes to win arguments. She likes to win them more than most." William Whitelaw, her Deputy Prime Minister 1985

"This woman is headstrong, obstinate and dangerously self-opinionated." Anonymous 1948 in a report on Margaret Roberts (her maiden name) by the personnel department of a large chemicals firm, rejecting her job application.

"She carried the cult of the individual much too far and has done us terrible damage in Europe with her fishwife yelling and screaming." Nicholas Soames Conservative MP

"No-one would remember the Good Samaritan if he'd only had good intentions: he had money as well." the late Margaret Thatcher