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Still true to her colours: Lady Thatcher wears blue for celebratory 86th birthday lunch
Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 13th October 2011 | Louise Eccles

Posted on 10/13/2011 2:41:25 PM PDT by naturalman1975

She ruled the country with an iron fist.

But even the Iron Lady needed a little support as she stepped out to celebrate her 86th birthday.

Former prime minister Margaret Thatcher left her home for a birthday lunch in London today flanked by her son Sir Mark Thatcher and daughter-in-law Sarah.

Despite suffering from a catalogue of health problems, she managed a broad smile for the cameras as she was helped into a waiting car.


(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: ironlady; margaretthatcher; thatcher
Obviously she is a very elderly lady with significant health problems, but given how sick she was earlier this year, it's wonderful to see her out and about at all.
1 posted on 10/13/2011 2:41:28 PM PDT by naturalman1975
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To: naturalman1975

She’s looking far better than I expected. Good for her! The last real man left in Britain.


2 posted on 10/13/2011 2:43:33 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: naturalman1975

She looks just beautiful! We still love you, Maggie.


3 posted on 10/13/2011 2:45:41 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

MagNIFicent smile !!


4 posted on 10/13/2011 2:48:30 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: dead

Lady Thatcher is not a man (I know what you mean tho’), she is all woman. The proper way to say it is she is all lady, but is the only Britain left in England with any stones.


5 posted on 10/13/2011 2:48:37 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: dead

The disparity between this Lady and the mobs in English streets is simply breathtaking.

We named our black lab “Margaret Thatcher” and she fulfilled the role admirably. A Lady in the house but when some animal threatened us she put on the display that I called “The Wall of Teeth”.

She too was an Iron Lady. I miss her.


6 posted on 10/13/2011 2:49:48 PM PDT by buffaloguy
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To: naturalman1975
Happy Birthday Lady Thatcher!

A tribute to her grand legacy as a Conservative Champion (very appropriate in our days of OWS): Margaret Thatcher Schools A Liberal

7 posted on 10/13/2011 2:49:56 PM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: naturalman1975

Happy Birthday and Three cheers for the Iron Lady!!!!!

She looks wonderful! God Bless you Maggie.


8 posted on 10/13/2011 2:50:17 PM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (Elizabeth Warren is a Moron! Barack H. Obama, President of the Democrats, is also a Moron.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Class Woman.


9 posted on 10/13/2011 2:50:34 PM PDT by blackdog (The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop)
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To: knarf

Gorgeous hair!


10 posted on 10/13/2011 2:51:27 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: naturalman1975
She stands strong..she won't go "wobbly" bless her heart..

BTW..the daughter in law looks like Lindsay Lohan at age 50..

11 posted on 10/13/2011 2:51:39 PM PDT by ken5050 (Cain/Gingrich 2012!!! because sharing a couch with Pelosi is NOT the same as sharing a bed with her)
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To: naturalman1975

She looks pretty good! Actually, she’s beginning to look like her old rival - Queen Elizabeth.


12 posted on 10/13/2011 2:52:24 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Let's have a Cain Mutiny!)
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To: naturalman1975

Margaret Thatcher is frickin’ awesome - I remember heras at Ronald Reagan’s funeral, whispering to his coffin. She doesn’t look much different now from then to me. Happy Birthday.


13 posted on 10/13/2011 2:53:51 PM PDT by Baladas ((ABBHO))
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To: naturalman1975
God bless you, Lady Thatcher.
14 posted on 10/13/2011 2:56:11 PM PDT by AzSteven ("War is less costly than servitude, the choice is always between Verdun and Dachau." Jean Dutourd)
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To: naturalman1975

God has blessed and will continue to bless the Iron Lady.


15 posted on 10/13/2011 2:56:19 PM PDT by nesnah
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To: ken5050
BTW..the daughter in law looks like Lindsay Lohan at age 50..

Assuming she makes it to 50...

16 posted on 10/13/2011 2:56:34 PM PDT by mgstarr ("Some of us drink because we're not poets." Arthur (1981))
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To: naturalman1975

God Bless Maggie!

Old Blighty needs a PM with her spine and integrity now more than ever.

The series of girly-men and leftist PM’s they have suffered through have brought the once great nation to its knees.


17 posted on 10/13/2011 2:58:25 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Obama's secret: "Once you learn to fake sincerity you've got it made")
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To: naturalman1975; FReepers
At the link is a great pic of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan at Camp David.

Thanks for posting this thread, nm.
18 posted on 10/13/2011 2:58:28 PM PDT by MaryFromMichigan (Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle)
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To: naturalman1975

A very Happy Birthday to Lady Thatcher, she looks terrific!!!

How I miss her in office.


19 posted on 10/13/2011 2:58:50 PM PDT by SueRae (I can see November 2012 from my HOUSE!!!!!!!!)
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To: naturalman1975

If ever an English lady need saluting it is Lady Thatcher.

Tough classy lady.


20 posted on 10/13/2011 3:02:22 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: Secret Agent Man
Well, her Majesty will do! Served in the Second World War in bomb blitzed London.

Served her people admirably as queen of the realm.

21 posted on 10/13/2011 3:06:06 PM PDT by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: naturalman1975
She did not "rule the country with an iron fist." They love to make it sound as if she was some tinpot fascist dictator like Chavez or Ahmadinejad.

She did not rule anything - she governed a free country that elected her party with a clear mandate in a series of open elections. She was truly a public servant, among the best of the 20th century.

22 posted on 10/13/2011 3:07:23 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: naturalman1975

God bless her.


23 posted on 10/13/2011 3:07:39 PM PDT by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a U.S. Marine.)
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To: blackdog

No doubt. She is the ONLY British politician/leader I have ever admired. More balls than any guy over there, and still a full, genuine total lady. Both Britain AND the US would do well to have more men (and women) like her.


24 posted on 10/13/2011 3:12:36 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Any pics of Maggie and Ronnie? I would love to post on Facebook.


25 posted on 10/13/2011 3:23:09 PM PDT by angcat (NEW YORK YANKEES!)
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To: Secret Agent Man
She is the ONLY British politician/leader I have ever admired.

Not Winston Churchill? Really?

26 posted on 10/13/2011 3:44:02 PM PDT by Hebrews 11:6 (Do you REALLY believe that (1) God is, and (2) God is good?)
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To: naturalman1975

God bless you, Lady Thatcher.

Happy Birthday.


27 posted on 10/13/2011 3:45:43 PM PDT by SunTzuWu
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To: naturalman1975

Delightful! Last of the Titans of the Cold War.


28 posted on 10/13/2011 3:47:55 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: naturalman1975
Happy Birthday Lady T!!!

29 posted on 10/13/2011 3:50:17 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Baladas

30 posted on 10/13/2011 3:50:34 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: naturalman1975
She made the best statement on socialism ever made:

"The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other peoples money."
-- Margaret Thatcher

32 posted on 10/13/2011 4:25:30 PM PDT by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric Cartman voice* 'I love you, guys')
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To: naturalman1975

Mrs. Thatcher, salutes. You are better than England derserved, they never really appreciated you and disparage you still, but you saved them for awhile.


33 posted on 10/13/2011 4:34:07 PM PDT by alarm rider (I took the pledge, I will never vote for another RINO, not now, not ever.)
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To: naturalman1975

I thought she was much older than 86! Egads! I miss her and Ronald Reagan!


34 posted on 10/13/2011 4:38:43 PM PDT by Buddygirl
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To: Secret Agent Man

I know some Scots through first marriage and they detest her and I don’t understand why. I think she’s awesome.


35 posted on 10/13/2011 4:56:05 PM PDT by mcshot (Neither handsome or handy but took an oath and will vote to save our Country.)
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To: Chode

Great picture! Thanks for posting.


36 posted on 10/13/2011 4:57:53 PM PDT by mcshot (Neither handsome or handy but took an oath and will vote to save our Country.)
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my pleasure, it's one of my favorites
37 posted on 10/13/2011 5:17:32 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: mcshot
Most Scots hate her - and that is the right word - for a variety of reasons. Some are somewhat justified, most are not.

In the early 1970s, the British government held an inquiry into 'devolution' - the idea that Scotland and Wales (and to a lesser extent Northern Ireland, the Isle of Mann, and the Channel Islands) would have some sort of self government, all the way up to independence.

The Report recommended Scotland be given its own legislative assembly.

The Scots wanted this and in 1978, the British government held a referendum to establish it. This referendum achieved majority support for the idea but failed because of low voter turnout (it got 51% of the vote, but the terms of the law that set out the conditions said that 40% of all Scottish voters had to approve it, as well as it achieving a majority of those who actually voted, and because of the low turn out, only 33% of all Scottish voters cast a vote in favour).

This helped to bring down the Labor government because the Scottish National Party withdrew its support and voted with the Conservatives in a motion of no confidence. Margaret Thatcher and the Conservatives won the resultant election - and the Scots believed that as they'd given her government (as they saw it) she should give them their own government - especially seeing former conservative Prime Minister, Lord Home (Alec Douglas-Home), a Scot had promised they would during the Referendum campaign. He had no authority to make this promise - he hadn't been Prime Minister for 15 years, and he hadn't even been in Parliament for 5 - but the Scots still felt that Margaret Thatcher had broken a promise to them.

During the 1980s, the Scottish steel industry more or less collapsed. This had little to do with the Thatcher government - it simply wasn't competitive in the world market anymore - but again the Scots blamed Thatcher. Finally in the late 1980s, Thatcher introduced the poll tax into Scotland, a year before it was introduced into England and Wales. Hugely unpopular all over the country, the Scots were even more angry about it because they believed it had been inflicted on them as an experiment. In actual fact, it was imposed there first because the existing system was known to be more unfair in Scotland than it was in England and Wales, and it was considered unfair to make Scotland wait for reform simply because proper evaluations hadn't happened in England and Wales yet (there were genuine problems with the way the poll tax was implemented - but this wasn't one of them).

End result - the Scots have come to believe that Margaret Thatcher destroyed their economy (untrue), unfairly taxed them (no more or less true than anywhere else) and denied them self government (true) which she'd promised them (untrue). And she is hated.

38 posted on 10/13/2011 6:32:50 PM PDT by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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