Skip to comments.Margaret Thatcher: I Vow to Thee, My Country ["Love of Britain..Christian Faith, ...Tradition"]
Posted on 04/12/2013 5:05:52 PM PDT by Steelfish
Margaret Thatcher: I Vow to Thee, My Country Lady Thatcher planned her own funeral, right down to the hymns, writes Michael Deacon .
By Michael Deacon 12 Apr 2013
In death as in life, Margaret Thatcher remains firmly in charge. The woman whose premiership was marked by ramrod certainty and whipcrack decision-making had, it turns out, a characteristically needle-sharp idea about how her funeral must proceed. Today, the details of that idea emerge.
From the singing of I Vow to Thee, My Country to the choice of readings, every aspect of the occasion will reflect some part of Baroness Thatchers character: her love of Britain, her Christian faith, her belief in tradition.
One of her chief orders was that David Cameron give a reading. This is not, it seems, because he is David Cameron, or because he is the leader of Lady Thatchers party, but simply because he is Prime Minister: her instructions were that there should be a reading by whoever was the prime minister at the time of her death, regardless of political affiliation. It could have been Ed Miliband. (Mr Miliband, and indeed Mr Cameron, will no doubt be grateful that it isnt.)
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A great lady. RIP
‘I can’t bear Britain in decline, I just can’t’ Margaret Thatcher shortly before her election to Prime minister
I know how she felt. I can’t bear America in decline, I just can’t. But for now it is out of my control..........
I cant bear Britain in decline, I just cant Margaret Thatcher shortly before her election to Prime minister
I know how she felt. I cant bear America in decline, I just cant. But for now it is out of my control..........
My late mother came to this country from England as a child in the 1920s and although I have never stepped foot on British soil I still feel some odd sort of in-born connection to the old country.
Margaret Thatcher was a person of great strength, one who stood tall in the courage of her convictions. Whether it was coincidence that she and our own Ronald Reagan came to be the leaders of the free world at the same time in history I have no idea. What I do know is that leaders of such character do not come along in every lifetime, and I feel privileged to have had them both here during mine.
I hope they are enjoying a cup of tea and a pleasant conversation. God bless them.
I love England.
Though I’ve never been there, I feel sentimental about:
Maggie Thatcher, Churchill, the Union Jack, Tower Bridge, Therell always be an England, Wordsworth, Parliament, Queen Elizabeth I, Elizabeth II, The late Queen Mother Elizabeth (love the pics of her and the King during WWII, Oxford, Alfred the Great, the English language, Isaac Newton, King Arthur, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Elizabeth Browning (and her husband, whats-his-name), Vivien Leigh, William Wilberforce, William Caxton, William Harvey, William Shakespeare, Prince William, the King James Bible, Mother Goose, Big Ben, Greenwich, the Lake District, the Thames, Richard the Lionheart, Sherlock Holmes, Wedgewood china, the Crown jewels, Magna Carta, Rule Britannia, penicillin, Radar, the spinning jenny, the steam engine, the electric motor, the locomotive, the sandwich, the lawnmower, the bicycle, the pencil, the Spitfire, Queen Victoria, Chaucer, Lord Nelson, Windsor Castle, Halleys comet, Gilbert and Sullivan, the concept of free enterprise, the Industrial Revolution, the Victorian Age, and the greatest English genius of all, Joseph Gayetty, the inventor of toilet paper.
"Rule Britannia, Britannia rule the waves..."
But almost nobody can tell you the SECOND line of the refrain..
"Britons never, never, never, will be slaves.."
Today, alas , they're working on it...
But the Iron Lady knew well the price of freedom.
No list is complete with adding G.K. Chesterton; Hillaire Belloc; Cardinal Henry Newman; and Thomas More.
I lived in Britain the the 80’s. Thatcher IS my Prime Minister.