The Iron Lady: Margaret Thatcher, from Grocer's Daughter to by John Campbell

By John Campbell

The Iron Lady, the definitive Margaret Thatcher biography, is out there simply in time for the motion picture starring Meryl Streep as probably the most notorious figures in postwar politics.

Whether you love her or hate her, Margaret Thatcher's effect on twentieth-century background is indisputable. From her humble, small-town upbringing to her upward thrust to strength because the United Kingdom's first woman major minister, to her dramatic fall from grace after greater than 3 a long time of provider, celebrated biographer John Campbell delves into the tale of this attention-grabbing woman's existence as nobody has prior to. the results of greater than 9 years of meticulous study, The Iron Lady is the one balanced, unvarnished portrait of Margaret Thatcher, the most important and debatable political figures of our time.

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14 It is a curious thing for a strong-minded woman to proclaim in this way her debt to her father, as if she was no more than his echo. In fact she exaggerated the extent of her fidelity to Alfred’s teaching – presumably to divert attention from the important respects in which she had abandoned it. Once she had got away from Grantham and embarked upon her own career she quickly adopted a style of life and political values a world away from his spartan ethic. Symbolically, she abandoned her parents’ church and gravitated to the Church of England.

No one she met at Oxford directly helped her or advanced her career; but having been President of OUCA gave her a standing at Central Office which helped her on to the candidates’ list. What Oxford did not give her was a liberal education. She did not mix very widely or open herself to new views or experiences. She arrived in Oxford with her political views already settled and spent four years diligently confirming them. Undoubtedly her scientific training gave her a clarity and practicality of thought very different from the wishful woolliness of much arts and social science thinking.

Though she attended weekend conferences, cultivated her contacts and practised her speaking, it was too soon to start looking for a constituency. She did not even apply to go on the Central Office list of prospective candidates. One would like to know what her imagined timetable was, how long she intended staying with BX Plastics before starting to read for the Bar, her next objective. As it was she had a lucky break. She attended the 1948 party conference at Llandudno – not as a representative from Colchester, but representing the Oxford University Graduates Association.

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