On 13 October 1925, Lady Baroness Margaret Thatcher – the UK’s first female PM and inspirational, conservative giant of the late 20th century – was born in Grantham, Lincolnshire (East Midlands of UK) to greengrocer parents (Alfred and Beatrice Roberts).
Educated as a chemist at Oxford in the mid-1940s, Thatcher went on to become a barrister and pursue a political career in UK conservative politics (see further details below).
Her strength, conviction and policies – around free enterprise, liberty, personal responsibility, fiscal discipline and conservatism – as as UK Prime Minister, Thatcher transformed not just her own (Conservative) party and country but also Europe and the West like no other British politician of the post-War era. In concert with the Reagan (Republican) Administration of the United States of America, Thatcher pushed back the creeping, alluring tide of socialism then engulfing the West. Thatcher and Reagan took on growing statism, increasingly sclerotic, inflationary and debt-laden economies, union mob rule and curbs on liberty – while in effect ending the Cold War and sinking the Soviet Union.
When UK Labour finally regained power in 1997 (under Tony Blair), they dared not return to their former “economically socialist” and blatantly pro-union policies of the 1970s. Hence Blair's “third way” social and cultural policies instead – open-borders, multiculturalism, green gestures and identity politics – which, like a pandemic, much of the West adopted and is still clinging to today.
Celebrate the birth and great life of Lady Baroness Margaret Thatcher by:
- saluting the Iron Lady – one of the UK’s most sensible, principled, conviction-based politicians, since WWII
- watching these various clips of Thatcher and how she radically transformed and rejuvenated the UK – a then stagnating world power – into being significant again
- viewing these documentaries about Thatcher and how she busted the militant unions and rooted out socialism from a failing system
- researching her key policies, attitudes, speeches and sayings that affectionately became known as “Thatcherism”
- buying a Maggie Thatcher souvenir or some paraphernalia for gifting or display, and/or
- sharing this Action Plan post on social media with family, friends, conservatives, classical liberals, responsible “common sense” citizens and those that stand against union mob rule, a burgeoning nanny-state and additional curbs on our liberty.
Further details on Margaret Thatcher
After attaining her Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry at Oxford in 1947, the young Miss Roberts (as she then was) worked as a research chemist while continuing to pursue her passions in law and politics. In the mid-1940s, she had become President of the Oxford University Conservative Association. The future Lady Thatcher was quite moved by her reading of Friedrich Hayek's classic book, “The Road to Serfdom” (1944) – which condemned creeping economic intervention by government as a precursor to totalitarianism. As the Mises Institute link above describes:
“Nazism, he [Hayek] wrote, is not different in kind from Communism. Further, he showed that the very forms of government that England and America were supposedly fighting abroad were being enacted at home, if under a different guise. Further steps down this road, he said, can only end in the abolition of effective liberty for everyone.
Capitalism, he wrote, is the only system of economics compatible with human dignity, prosperity, and liberty. To the extent we move away from that system, we empower the worst people in society to manage what they do not understand.”
Margaret Roberts married Sir Denis Thatcher MBE in 1951. Now Margaret Thatcher qualified as a barrister in 1953 (specialising in taxation) and entered Parliament as the Conservative’s MP for Finchley in 1959.
During her rise through the Conservative Party’s ranks over the next two decades – becoming its leader in 1975 and PM of the UK in 1979 – Thatcher increasingly shared the earlier concerns of her “old-style” liberalist father, Alfred Roberts (who went on to become a Methodist local preacher, alderman and Mayor of Grantham). These concerns were that UK politics - across the spectrum then reflected in the failed policies being pursued and the paucity of public discourse - was again becoming too collectivist, statist and interventionist at the expense of self-governance, individual responsibility and sound finance. Rather than government being the knee-jerk solution to every personal problem and societal ill, it had become the key source of so many of those very problems and ills.
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