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Margaret Thatcher airbrushed from Harriet Harman's history of women in politics
The Daily Telegraph UK ^ | 15 Sep 2009 | Andrew Pierce

Posted on 09/30/2009 4:20:09 PM PDT by SmokingJoe

The paper, Women in Power: Milestones, listed 28 of the most significant events between 1907 and 2008 involving women on the political stage.

The milestones included the election of the first female Head of Government – Sirimavo Bandaranaike, the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka in 1960 and Britain's first woman councillor Reina Emily Lawrence in 1907.

The document, produced by the Equality Office which is run by Miss Harman, the deputy leader of the Labour Party, highlights the role of Nancy Astor who was the first woman to take her seat in parliament in 1919, the election of Dianne Abbott the first black woman MP in 1987, and victory in 1999 of Neena Gill the UK’s first Asian female MEP.

But there is no mention of Lady Thatcher becoming the first female leader of a British political party when she replaced Edward Heath in 1975, or the fact that she was the longest serving prime minister in the 20th century, and won three general election victories.

The only reference to her is: “1979: UK’s first woman Prime Minister.” But her name is pointedly omitted. By contrast Shreela Flather is mentioned twice as the first Asian woman councillor and first Asian woman peer. Britain’s first black woman mayor Lydia Simmons is also given a name check.

(Excerpt) Read more at evri.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: bookreview; brown; harman; margaretthatcher; purge; thatcher; uk; women; worldhistory
The mind just boggles. The bizarro world of George Orwell is very much alive and kicking in the country that gave us George Orwell.
And here I was thinking our loony left were bad.
Harriet Harman makes even Nancy Pelosi look like a moderate.
1 posted on 09/30/2009 4:20:10 PM PDT by SmokingJoe
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To: SmokingJoe

Lol....amazing.


2 posted on 09/30/2009 4:22:08 PM PDT by Dallas59
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To: SmokingJoe

Mrs. Thatcher was one of two most significant women in the 20th century, in politics or anywhere else. Golda Meir ranks, imho, as the other.


3 posted on 09/30/2009 4:22:59 PM PDT by BlueStateBlues (Blue State business, Red State heart. . . . .Palin 2012----can't come soon enough!)
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To: SmokingJoe
Harriet Harman makes even Nancy Pelosi look like a moderate.

She's Hillary's designated Brit counterpart.

4 posted on 09/30/2009 4:23:01 PM PDT by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on it's own.)
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To: paudio

Here ya go!


5 posted on 09/30/2009 4:23:52 PM PDT by dynachrome (I am Jim Thompson!)
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To: SmokingJoe


6 posted on 09/30/2009 4:23:53 PM PDT by WakeUpAndVote (Eating corn is pointless.)
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To: SmokingJoe

And Harriet Harmon would wonder why we might choose the word “bimbo” to describe her like.


7 posted on 09/30/2009 4:24:00 PM PDT by jimfree (Freep and ye shall find! - I am Joe Wilson.)
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To: SmokingJoe

I read the names of the women (all wonderful people I’m sure) who were mentioned by name and I am left to consider, there is Maggie and then a bunch of nobodies.


8 posted on 09/30/2009 4:24:55 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Buck Ofama!!)
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To: BlueStateBlues
Mrs. Thatcher was one of two most significant women in the 20th century, in politics or anywhere else.

Mrs. Thatcher was one of the most significant *people* of the 20th century.

9 posted on 09/30/2009 4:25:31 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Christian+Veteran=Terrorist)
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To: SmokingJoe

10 posted on 09/30/2009 4:25:32 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SmokingJoe

Thatcher was part of the earthly triumvirate that brought down the Evil Empire, the others being Ronald Wilson Reagan and JP2. Reason I say earthly is that there was some Divine Intervention involved as well.

We can all use some Divine Intervention at this time, so you all know what to do!


11 posted on 09/30/2009 4:28:17 PM PDT by Fred Hayek (From this point forward the Democratic Party will be referred to as the Communist Party)
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To: WakeUpAndVote

Maggie’s hot. I’d hit it!


12 posted on 09/30/2009 4:29:17 PM PDT by scoobysnak71 (Just a National Security Threat, trying to get a nut.)
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To: SmokingJoe
Liberals are just like dogs.

Did you ever notice that when a dog feels intimidated by something or someone, they will not look at it. They will pointedly hold their heads pointed in a different direction, where they can just look at the threat from the corner of their eye, then continually glance over at the threat...with their eyes only. They will never look directly at it.

Liberals are just the same...they figure if they just ignore the inconvenient truth, it will simply go away. Thatcher - Conservative => Inconvenient for liberals => Ignore her maybe her existence will go away.
13 posted on 09/30/2009 4:29:18 PM PDT by Sudetenland (Slow to anger but terrible in vengence...such is the character of the American people.)
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To: SmokingJoe

Wow. Now thats some strong bias.


14 posted on 09/30/2009 4:31:58 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: BlueStateBlues
Mrs. Thatcher was one of two most significant women in the 20th century, in politics or anywhere else. Golda Meir ranks, imho, as the other”

I'd add Indira Ghandi to that list, but yeah.
The point is, Thatcher is by far the greatest female politician in British history, not just the 20th century. No one even comes close. To leave her name out of a list of women in politics for the past 100 years is just unconscionable. I mean..Harriet Harman included the name of a 2-bit black female politician like Dianne Abbott (the first black woman MP), who has managed to do next to nothing while in parliament, then she leaves out Lady Thatcher name? Unbelievable!

15 posted on 09/30/2009 4:33:57 PM PDT by SmokingJoe
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To: SmokingJoe

Just curious...who’s the first female Labour Prime Minister?


16 posted on 09/30/2009 4:34:03 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: scoobysnak71

lol


17 posted on 09/30/2009 4:34:33 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: SmokingJoe
To Harriet “1979: UK’s first woman Prime Minister" is of no account? What's Miss Harriet ever done in her life to compare with Maggie's accomplishments?

Hey boys and girls...can you spell j.e.a.l.o.u.s?

18 posted on 09/30/2009 4:38:01 PM PDT by pray4liberty (http://www.vacinfo.org/)
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To: RichInOC
Not been born yet I would presume.
It's kinda like in this country. We are going to have the first female President in this country, from the Republican Party ( Sarah Palin), even while the Democrats, who make all the noise about “women's rights” continue to hammer and destroy their female presidential candidates like they did to Hilary.
19 posted on 09/30/2009 4:41:20 PM PDT by SmokingJoe
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To: SmokingJoe

Lady Thatcher is of the same stature as Sir Winston Churchill. And maybe more.


20 posted on 09/30/2009 4:43:15 PM PDT by Fred Hayek (From this point forward the Democratic Party will be referred to as the Communist Party)
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To: SmokingJoe
Did Harriet Harman put her own name on the list?

She is Deputy Leader and Party Chair of the Labour Party.

She is also Minister for Women and Equality.

yitbos

21 posted on 09/30/2009 4:47:04 PM PDT by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds.")
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To: SmokingJoe

Propaganda is just as powerful by what’s omitted as what is published. Our State Run Media are masters at propaganda.


22 posted on 09/30/2009 4:48:02 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Hey Obama. Where is Osama Bin Laden?)
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To: BlueStateBlues
Agree, but Thatcher made much more of a difference to history.
23 posted on 09/30/2009 4:49:32 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard (truth--the liberal's kryptonite.)
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To: pray4liberty
What's Miss Harriet ever done in her life to compare with Maggie's accomplishments?”

What has she ever done?
It's more like what hasn't she ever done. Here are some priceless quotes from the female in question.

Harriet Harman : “the Labour leadership “team” should always comprise a man and a woman.
“Men cannot be left to run things on their own,” she mused. “I think it’s a thoroughly bad thing to have a men-only leadership.”

Another great quote from her:
“Someone said that if it has been Lehman Sisters instead of Lehman Brothers,there might not have been so much difficulty”.

Believe it or not, this woman is the Deputy Leader and Party Chair of the British Labour Party (the party that has been in power for over 10 years). She is also The Leader of the House of Commons (aka Parliament, kinda like our House of Reps).

24 posted on 09/30/2009 4:57:08 PM PDT by SmokingJoe
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To: SmokingJoe
Typical of the left's intellectual honesty... the Teaparty and Townhall protest were "fake", 9/12 Wash DC march was not that big/didn’t happen

And if Palin gets elected first US female President.. that will not exist in the left history of the world

25 posted on 09/30/2009 5:09:42 PM PDT by tophat9000 (Obama plans to fix America like he fixed his dog)
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To: SmokingJoe

The arrogance of this woman is astounding.


26 posted on 09/30/2009 5:16:01 PM PDT by Lorianne
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To: SmokingJoe
Harman has received criticism for her perceived negative views of fathers and dislike of families particularly from the right wing and conservative press. Erin Pizzey criticised the views expressed by Harman and other leading female Labour figures in the 1990 IPPR report "The Family Way". Writing in the Daily Mail, she accused the report of being a "staggering attack on men and their role in modern life" as a result of her stating "it cannot be assumed that men are bound to be an asset to family life or that the presence of fathers in families is necessarily a means to social cohesion".

In June 2008, two members of Fathers 4 Justice, Mark Harris and Jolly Stanesby, staged a protest on the roof of her house in Herne Hill, south east London. Harris and Stanesby displayed a banner that read: "A father is for life not just conception." After they climbed back off the roof they were arrested by the Metropolitan Police and bailed until 16 July 2008.[34] On the morning of 9 July 2008, another Fathers 4 Justice protest began on the same roof. Nigel Ace and Tony Ashby displayed a banner reading "Stop war on dads."[35] One of the complaints of the protesters was that Harman had refused their requests for a meeting yet she denied that they had even requested such a meeting.[36] In response, Fathers 4 Justice founder Matt O'Connor stated he approached Harman for a meeting via his MP, Mark Oaten but was rejected.

As part of a proposed Equality Bill, Harman announced a consultation on changing the existing discrimination laws, which included options for Reverse Discrimination in employment. Under the proposals, employers would be legally allowed to discriminate in favour of a job candidate on the basis of their race or gender where the candidates were otherwise equally qualified. Employers would not be required to use these powers, but would be able to do so without the threat of legal action for discriminatory practices. Harman has stated that this proposal would not simply involve discrimination against white males, and that men will benefit in some circumstances; for example if a school wanted to balance a predominantly female workforce by discriminating in favour of employing a male teacher.[49] The white paper also proposed measures to end age discrimination, promote transparency in organisations and introduce a new equality duty on the public sector.[50] These changes, if made, could face a challenge under Article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, language, religion and on several other criteria.[51] Michael Millar, writing in The Spectator was of the opinion that, "The Equality Bill before parliament today gives employers the right to choose an ethnic minority candidate or female candidate over a white male, specifically because they are an ethnic minority or female."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harriet_Harman

27 posted on 09/30/2009 5:22:32 PM PDT by Lorianne
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To: SmokingJoe
"She is also The Leader of the House of Commons (aka Parliament, kinda like our House of Reps Nancy Pelosi)."

yitbos

28 posted on 09/30/2009 5:27:01 PM PDT by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds.")
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To: SmokingJoe

Someone should burn the damn paper in public.


29 posted on 09/30/2009 5:56:45 PM PDT by Clock King (There's no way to fix D.C.)
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To: WakeUpAndVote

Had that as my tag for some time now.


30 posted on 09/30/2009 6:20:46 PM PDT by packrat35 (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples money.- M Thatcher)
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To: SmokingJoe

WTH is harriet harman? Margaret Thatcher is known and admired by millions of people.....but harriet harman? LOL...whatever.


31 posted on 09/30/2009 6:23:12 PM PDT by tioga (Drip, Drip, Drip.........the ACORNS are falling.)
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To: tioga

Stop calling her ‘Harriet HarMAN’ you male, sexist pig. The correct way to refer to her is ‘Harriet Harperson’.

She is a hot tip to win the Labour leadership contest following the inevitable downfall of Gordon Brown at the next election, and I for one hope they do put that metaphorical shotgun in their collective mouths and pull the trigger, because with Harridan Harperson in charge, Labour is doomed to lose the election after that as well....


32 posted on 10/01/2009 8:09:29 AM PDT by sinsofsolarempirefan
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