UK Politics

August 26th, 2008 at 1:11 pm by David Farrar

Out of the blue I got sent this photo yesterday by another attendee at the Paris IDU Party Leaders Meetings. Quite nice to have the photo to go with my Thatcher one!

In the latest poll in the UK, Cameron’s Conservatives have 46% compared to 25% for Labour under Gordon Brown. This would give them a massive projected 220 seat majority with Labour losing over 200 seats and the Lib Dems over 30 seats. With that sort of majority (if they get it) Labour will be in opposition for at least two terms.

I was sad to read in the NY Times today, that Carol Thatcher has revealed that is suffering from dementia. It seems to be affected her less than Ronald Reagan’s, as she does still “have good days” and was certainly lucid a couple of years ago at the IYDU Council Meeting when I briefly met her.

Dementia is an awful infliction on any person, and I would not want it on my worst enemy. There is some sort of awful irony that both Reagan and Thatcher, who helped free so many people from totalitarianism, spent their final years afflicted by a prison which has no chance of liberty.

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7 Responses to “UK Politics”

  1. RRM (9,916 comments) says:

    “There is some sort of awful irony that both Reagan and Thatcher, who helped free so many people from totalitarianism, spent their final years afflicted by a prison which has no chance of liberty.”

    Nicely said. But it’s a lot less ironic if you assume politics is a JOB, (that you retire from when you get too old) rather than somehow the be-all of a person’s life!

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  2. Tauhei Notts (1,711 comments) says:

    Tasteless Comment
    My mother had dementia and when I went to see her she was reading the Women’s Weekly. When I looked closely I noticed that she had the magazine upside down! I related this story to my Irish friend who commented;
    “But she may have had her glasses on upside down”.
    Yes dementia is awful.

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  3. Razork (375 comments) says:

    Who is the pie eater at the back left?

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  4. dime (9,972 comments) says:

    razork – haha nasty

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  5. max (31 comments) says:

    In regards to Thatcher (and Reagan): what goes around comes around

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  6. gd (2,286 comments) says:

    Agree DPF and history has shown and will continue to show your comments re Ronnie and Maggie are right and I do mean RIGHT on the mark Apart from Winston C they must stand out as the true leaders of the free world in the 20th Century who stood up to the Commies and Socialists

    With all due respect to JK and Rodders I wish we had all 3 of them in the House rather than the sad bunch of tossers we have to tolerate.

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  7. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,752 comments) says:

    It’s sad to hear about Thatcher’s condition. She achieved remarkable results from her time in power in the UK. The UK is stronger because of the reforms she saw through. Unfortunately Labour in the UK has sat on hands for the last eleven years. Luckily they are about to be removed from office in 2010. It will make the London 2012 Olympics a lot better, especially to an international audience when they focus on a UK that is run be conservatives and not Labour. Bring it on.

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