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Files reveal Margaret Thatcher's frugal side
BBC ^ | 30 Dec 2011 | Gerry Holt & Nathan Williams

Posted on 12/30/2011 4:22:49 AM PST by Zajko

Margaret Thatcher's early life as a grocer's daughter was a far cry from the sometimes lavish surroundings she later found herself in as Britain's first female prime minister.

And it seems her relatively modest upbringing stayed with her after she entered No 10.

Government papers from 1979, made public for the first time by the National Archives, suggest she kept a very close eye on the costs of furnishing her official residence.

The documents reveal how the "Iron Lady" insisted on paying for her own ironing board and dictated that spending on her official residence at No 10 should be as "economical as possible".

In a document detailing costs, including £464 for replacing linen and pillows and £209 for replacing crockery, one official writes in a handwritten note: "I find these figures impossible to believe."

Mrs Thatcher voices her agreement, writing "So do I!".

The former prime minister queries the cost of the bedding by writing a note saying: "We use only one bedroom". And the £19 cost of an ironing board prompts her to scribble: "I will pay for the ironing board."

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


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: thatcher; uk
How times have changed....
1 posted on 12/30/2011 4:23:02 AM PST by Zajko
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To: Zajko
From June.....

Parliamentary expenses The never-ending scandal

2 posted on 12/30/2011 4:33:24 AM PST by mewzilla (Santelli 2012)
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To: Zajko

One thing is sure, she certainly wasn’t related to our boy the Imam from Hawaii ,Obama.


3 posted on 12/30/2011 4:39:42 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Venturer

Nor to his wife -

Money can’t buy class. It might buy people who will tell you that you have class, but lying sycophants eventually fade away.


4 posted on 12/30/2011 4:46:57 AM PST by SusaninOhio (So)
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To: Zajko

Government papers from 1979, made public for the first time by the National Archives, suggest she kept a very close eye on the costs of furnishing her official residence.

It’s nice to see that real conservatives existed in recent history. Elected royalty disgust me.


5 posted on 12/30/2011 4:49:24 AM PST by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: freedomfiter2
Wonder what kind of hatchet job is the new movie about Lady Thatcher, with that American yutz, Meryl Streep, playing the lead role.
6 posted on 12/30/2011 4:59:18 AM PST by twister881
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To: freedomfiter2

Indeed. And it was done, it seems, out of simple conviction and belief, rather than an urge to spin one’s supposed and much-vaunted ‘principles’ out through the media for electoral effect.

No publicity: it just emerges through archive release 20+ years after the Lady (and I use the capital quite deliberately) has left office.


7 posted on 12/30/2011 5:04:14 AM PST by Zajko (Never wrestle with a pig. You'll both get dirty, but the pig likes it.)
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To: Zajko
Will SOMEONE please fax this to Barry and Moochie. Cover letter saying: Urgent!
8 posted on 12/30/2011 5:10:09 AM PST by Condor51 (Yo Hoffa, so you want to 'take out conservatives'. Well okay Jr - I'm your Huckleberry)
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To: Venturer

It’s not his money, it’s appropriate triibute from the serfs.


9 posted on 12/30/2011 5:12:00 AM PST by reg45 (I'm not angry that Lincoln freed the slaves. I'm angry that Franklin Roosevelt bought them back.)
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To: twister881
Wonder what kind of hatchet job is the new movie about Lady Thatcher, with that American yutz, Meryl Streep, playing the lead role.

I don’t know about that. From some of the reviews by the liberal media I’ve read so far, they complain that it treats Lady Thatcher too kindly. That and Streep’s amazing acting ability (American yutz or not) is enough to make me want to go see it.

The Iron Lady Trailer

10 posted on 12/30/2011 5:17:09 AM PST by MD Expat in PA
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To: Zajko

Someone in government who walks the walk, to quote my late, and missed, father, is as scarce as hen’s teeth.


11 posted on 12/30/2011 5:26:25 AM PST by Daveinyork
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To: MD Expat in PA

I’ve always found Meryl Streep to be one dimensional. To borrow from Dorothy Parker, her emotions ran the gamut from A to B.


12 posted on 12/30/2011 5:27:28 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Ceterum autem censeo, Obama delenda est.)
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To: MD Expat in PA

Thank you for posting the link. That looks good. I usually can’t stand to see Meryl on screen, or off, but I think she’s nailed this one.


13 posted on 12/30/2011 5:32:24 AM PST by Daveinyork
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To: Zajko

Its a sense of personal responsibility and self-sufficiency. If you want something, you buy it. You don’t demand lavish things. Or if you want the occasional luxury, you pay for it yourself. I think a lot of conservatives think this way. I know I am not comfortable taking lavish things on someone else’s dime. If I go out to eat for business, a lot of times I eat at a deli if I’m eating alone. Only when I entertain clients do I go to nice places. I don’t take things from work like pens or paper. I have an 8 year old car but it is fine so I’m not buying a new one. I hate buying for the sake of buying. And I’m not saying this to suggest I’m some moral example. Its just the way I was brought up. If you want something, buy it. Don’t try to scam the system to get free stuff. So Thatcher’s “frugality” here makes perfect sense.


14 posted on 12/30/2011 5:42:47 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
I’ve always found Meryl Streep to be one dimensional. To borrow from Dorothy Parker, her emotions ran the gamut from A to B.

I disagree. What makes Streep, IMO and exceptional actor is that she doesn’t over act when the role doesn’t require it. There is the subtly in her acting that makes it so good. Not that she is not capable of playing over the top characters, but even when she does, like in the character in the Devil Wears Prada, there is a subtle underlying depth that very few actors today can carry off so well.

I may not like her politics but I can respect her craft.

15 posted on 12/30/2011 6:13:19 AM PST by MD Expat in PA
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To: MD Expat in PA
I go back to that old joke about, "Have you ever lied about liking a Meryl Streep movie to get a date?" (Guilty, The French Leiutenant's Woman. My date was not impressed, though I got laid anyway. There were no subsequent dates.)
16 posted on 12/30/2011 6:20:06 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Ceterum autem censeo, Obama delenda est.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
I think that if your only purpose for seeing a movie was to get laid by your date afterward, you probably weren’t paying much attention to the movie or the acting in it or to your date for that matter. But I hope at least you had a good time.

And consider the possibility that there were no more dates might have had more to do with your performance that Streep’s. Your date might well remember the popcorn as the highlight of the evening.

Just saying.

17 posted on 12/30/2011 6:34:31 AM PST by MD Expat in PA
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To: MD Expat in PA
I found the movie boring, my wife, whom I did not know at that time, finds Streep boring, too, based on Out of Africa which I think she more or less ruined. I just picked that The French Leiutenant's Woman as something that was current at that time. My companion of the evening had a lot of issues, but I suspect she eventually found a more compatible soul mate. She was getting over a rough break up and I was not the hand holding over a hot cup of camomile type. I was wrong person at the wrong time, our separation was mootchal. She was sleeping with me to get over her last boyfriend, which seldom works out for anyone.
18 posted on 12/30/2011 6:46:24 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Ceterum autem censeo, Obama delenda est.)
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To: Zajko

I suspect this is viral promotion for the upcomming movie.

since streep is in it, I predict another self absorbed piece of poop.


19 posted on 12/30/2011 6:56:43 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
So you knew that you and she had nothing in common and the relationship would go nowhere and that she was vulnerable coming off a bad breakup and yet knowing this, you slept with her anyway? “Yea, I know, she was asking for it”. What a prince you are. :(

I’m glad that she perhaps eventually found a more compatible soul mate. She may well look back on your date as the one that woke her up to meaningless one night stands with guys who have no other interest than in getting laid. Again she probably remembers the movie and the popcorn as the best part of the evening.

Again, this says a lot more about your character than it does about Streep’s ability as a character actress.

20 posted on 12/30/2011 7:03:08 AM PST by MD Expat in PA
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To: longtermmemmory
Until the movie is actually released one can only judge based on the trailer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDiCFY2zsfc

We shall see.

21 posted on 12/30/2011 7:05:05 AM PST by Cheburashka (If life hands you lemons, government regulations will prevent you from making lemonade.)
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To: Venturer

Amen


22 posted on 12/30/2011 7:33:37 AM PST by saintgermaine
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To: Venturer

Amen


23 posted on 12/30/2011 7:33:44 AM PST by saintgermaine
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To: MD Expat in PA

I acted badly, but I hadn’t really thought it through and didn’t understand the dynamic at the time. Being married for 30 years and having a daughter and grandchildren has changed my perspective. Believe it or not, even when I was under 30 I didn’t sleep with any woman that I could. (I avoided married woman, or woman who were engaged, mostly because I didn’t want to be a home wrecker.) If I understood our dynamic, even at 30, I probably would have behaved differently. I think I only understand our relationship, to the extent that I understand it, retrospectively.

I think she got what she wanted from me (which wasn’t sex, but affirmation that she was attractive and could be with another man), though I never felt much intimacy or affection from her, which is what I wanted, as much as sex. Men crave intimacy as much as women, but are more likely to settle for sex. I think it was a difficult time for her, and we both needed to mature and find ourselves. I admit, it was probably a more painful (if brief) relationship for her than for me.


24 posted on 12/30/2011 7:46:33 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Ceterum autem censeo, Obama delenda est.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
"old joke"

I felt the same for many years. I started wondering if I was the only person who thought Streep was the most overrated actress ever. (Julia Roberts is not overrated, she's just a bad actress.) But she was good in the flick about Julia Childs, so I'll modify my sour attitude towards her slightly.

25 posted on 12/30/2011 7:59:46 AM PST by driftless2
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