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Chris Hitchens On The Sexual Power Of Margaret Thatcher


The Hitch Meets Mrs. T

The late Christopher Hitchens tells a hilarious story of meeting then new Tory leader Maggie Thatcher at a party in the late 1970s. If you're in a hurry, start watching at 2 minutes.




Margaret Thatcher 'wanted Britain to leave the EU'

Baroness Thatcher believed that Britain should leave the European Union, her biographer has revealed. Charles Moore’s disclosure will fuel the growing Conservative debate over Europe, which has put pressure on David Cameron to take a harder line on EU membership. In the latest sign of unease on the issue, Conservative MPs warned that they will use the new session of Parliament to force a Commons vote on a law guaranteeing Britain a referendum after the next election.

Writing in the Spectator, Mr Moore said Lady Thatcher had reached the conclusion that Britain would be better off out in the 1990s following the ratification of the Maastricht Treaty in 1992. However, Lady Thatcher, who left No 10 in 1990, decided not to make her views explicit, Mr Moore said: “Advisers had persuaded her that she should not say this in public since it would have allowed her opponents to drive her to the fringes of public life.”

In her memoirs, published in 2002, Lady Thatcher insisted that it was not “unthinkable” for Britain to leave, adding:

"The blunt truth is that the rest of the European Union needs us more than we need them."



The Sexy Side of Maggie: How Thatcher Used Her Charms

Daily Beast

The Iron Lady had a softer side, her secret weapon. Approaching her 10th year as prime minister, a fearsome force hell-bent on putting the spine back in Great Britain, Margaret Thatcher exuded a strong, sexual charisma. And she was not shy about using it. Ordering Aquascutum to revamp her entire wardrobe, she had her skirts pulled up, her décolleté lowered, and began showing more of her good legs. During Question Time, I noticed she would often rub the back of one black-stockinged calf with the other foot, presumably for the delectation of the frontbenchers sitting behind her.

“She is sexy and very interested in sex. You feel it when you work for her.” He speculated that, given her strict background, “she’s never had enough sex, and now that Denis is a little old and a little louche, she’s more demanding of other men. She seems to be always searching for a man who can stand up to her.”

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Sex Pistol John Lydon: 'People celebrating Thatcher's death are loathsome'

May 9, 2013 at 3:30 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Martin, Maggie, and Me

By Christopher Hitchens

In an excerpt from his forthcoming memoir, the author recalls his 1970s conquest of London's ink-stained thickets, some disastrous “research” with Martin Amis at a New York bordello, and encounters with everyone from Ian McEwan to Thomas Pynchon to Margaret Thatcher.

May 9, 2013 at 3:38 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Margaret Thatcher has hit rock bottom.

It is the mid Fifties, and she has just been rejected for the umpteenth time as the candidate for a safe Conservative seat by a panel of male chauvinists. The self-made grocer's daughter from Grantham is inconsolable. "I am better than them," she wails to her husband. "I've always believed that with application and merit, you can achieve everything. But now I see you'll always end up strangled by the old school tie. Damn their Establishment, damn the lot of them." Tears roll down her face.

May 9, 2013 at 3:40 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
You can ask if Thatcher was a feminist, but it's a bit like asking if the lioness who ate your leg off is a feminist. There's a critical difference between a woman who exercises individual power, and a person who believes that the unequal distribution of power between men and women at large needs to be redressed: Thatcher was definitively the former and not the latter.

May 9, 2013 at 3:41 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Margaret Thatcher: the best anecdotes


Some of the best stories told about the former prime minister.
May 9, 2013 at 3:48 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Hitchens on Margaret Thatcher and The Unions


Start watching at 2:20. Runs 1 minute.
May 9, 2013 at 4:06 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail

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