Monday, April 14, 2008


(Angus Reid Global Monitor) - "A third of adults in Britain believe Margaret Thatcher has been their best head of government since the end of World War II, according to a poll by YouGov published in the Daily Telegraph. 34 per cent of respondents think Thatcher was the greatest prime minister since 1945."

That shows, excluding Churchill, that MT polled more than the rest put together! It also means that to be remembered you have to actually DO something: you have to know what to do and get on and do it. Where are today's Statesmen and women? There are...erm...none. I can think of not a single conviction politician that could LEAD the country.

Margaret Thatcher (1979-90) 34%
Winston Churchill (1951-55) 15%
Tony Blair (1997-2007) 11%
Harold Wilson (1964-70 and 1974-76) 9%
Clement Attlee (1945-51) 7%
Harold Macmillan (1957-63) 3%
Edward Heath (1970-74) 1%
John Major (1990-97) 1%
James Callaghan (1976-79) 1%
Anthony Eden (1955-57) *
Gordon Brown (2007- ) *
Alec Douglas-Home (1963-64) *
Don’t know 18%

(*) - Less than 0.5 per cent.

The Daily Telegraph is doing a great series on the great Lady and in one article "Why Britain still needs more Thatcherism" (By Philip Johnston - DT Home affairs editor)

"There has been a failure not only of policies but of the whole philosophy on which they are based - the philosophy which elevates the state, dwarfs the individual and enlarges the bureaucracy."

The failure of 'the Left': they have never understood "the concept of individual choice and freedom", the quote isn't a comment on Blair/Brown but said during the no-confidence debate that led to the fall of the ill-fated Callaghan government 30 years ago!

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IsobelBuchan said...

Sheesh! What rubbish!

Span Ows said...

Which bit?!! The poll...oooh I bet you loved that...NOT! The DT praise-Maggie fest or the 'failure of the left' bit?...or me blogging it?...or all of the above!