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Things Thatcher said

Issue No. 2348

‘Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. It’s quite a characteristic of them’

Margaret Thatcher in 1976. Her governments went on to oversee two major recessions and record unemployment


‘The chance to banish from our land the dark, divisive clouds of Marxist socialism’

Thatcher in 1983. One of the most common words used to describe her following her death was “divisive”


‘Common terrorist’

Thatcher denounces Nelson Mandela, in jail for opposing apartheid


‘Mr Sands was a convicted criminal. He chose to take his own life’

Thatcher attacks Irish hunger striker Bobby Sands, who she left to die in prison


‘Just rejoice at the news and congratulate our forces and the marines... rejoice’

Thatcher urges people to celebrate news that British forces had captured South Georgia from Argentina in 1982


‘I was asked whether I was trying to restore Victorian values. I said straight out I was. And I am’

Well-known fighter for women’s rights Margaret Thatcher


‘Where there is discord, may we bring harmony’

Margaret Thatcher on her election in 1979. She went on to bring the opposite


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Wed 17 Apr 2013, 20:45 BST
Issue No. 2348
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