Attila the Hen
MARGARET Thatcher was a tough cookie, that's for sure. An American diplomat friend was stationed in Argentina during the run-up to the Falklands War. He tells of how they tried desperately to warn the Galtieri regime of the likely consequences of invading the islands.
"But the British now have a woman as prime minister," they laughed. "They will never fight."
In vain did the diplomat try to explain that this lady was by no means lacking in the cojones department.
It was sad and rather pathetic to see on TV a British trade union leader celebrating the Iron Lady's death with a cigar. A woman dies at the age of 87. That's treated as some kind of victory? Wow, what a string of defeats his life must have been.
In fact, the defeat is more or less total. Thatcher set a new agenda. Thatcherism was embraced by Labour under Tony Blair. It's difficult to see a reversion.
Attila the Hen, as she was dubbed, made plenty of enemies and surprisingly few friends, even in her own party. In the end she was unceremoniously dumped. But long-term she has left her mark.
THE IRON Lady's consort, Denis Thatcher, was low-key but a hilarious figure on the fringes. A party animal in the sense of enjoying a few snorts he was one of the boys. He was also a rugby enthusiast and used to referee.
He told of an occasion when he blew for an infringement and ordered a scrum.
"This bastard's blind!" said one of the players.
"What did you say?"
"You hear that? Bastard's deaf too!"
READER Graham Rudolph sends in some sayings from various people on the topic of holy matrimony.
· Marriage is the only war where one sleeps with the enemy. - Tommy Lee.
Silly is you in a natural state, and serious is something you have to do until you can get silly again.