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The Iron Lady: All things Margaret Thatcher

House Speaker John Boehner Sending a House delegation to Thatcher Funeral

Apr 16, 2013 11:11 AM PT

In response to 'Surprise and Disappointment' in Britain as Obama Refuses to Send Administration Officials To Thatcher Funeral:

Perhaps in an attempt to correct the president's snub, House Speaker John Boehner announced Monday that he will be sending an official House delegation to Thatcher’s funeral which will be held on Thursday. The delegation will be led by Tennessee Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn, and will include Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann and North Carolina Republican Rep. George Holding.

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'Surprise and Disappointment' in Britain as Obama Refuses to Send Administration Officials To Thatcher Funeral

Apr 16, 2013 10:27 AM PT

The Daily Mail is reporting that friends and allies of Baroness Thatcher are surprised and disappointed at the news that the president will not sending a  member from his administration to her funeral, describing it as a "snub."

Whitehall sources have revealed that the US delegation at tomorrow's service in St Paul's Cathedral will be led by two Reagan era secretaries of state: James Baker and George Shultz.

Though President Obama himself had not been expected to attend, there had been speculation that he would be represented either by Vice President Joe Biden or wife Michelle. However, the Obama administration had said it would not be attending Thatcher's funeral before the Boston bombings.

The Queen's decision to attend Lady Thatcher's funeral has effectively elevated it to a state occasion unprecedented for a political figure in Britain since the death of Sir Winston Churchill in 1965.
Other world leaders, including Canada's Stephen Harper, Mario Monti of Italy and Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, are attending the service in person.

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Text of House Resolution Honoring Lady Thatcher

Apr 9, 2013 3:32 PM PT
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's office released text of the resolution that will pass by unanimous consent tonight honoring the late former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Margaret Thatcher.  The resolution will request Secretary of State John Kerry to communicate the content of the resolution to Thatcher's family and the British Parliament. Thatcher, known as the "Iron Lady" to many,  passed away at the age 87 on Monday in London :

113th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. RES. __

Expressing the condolences of the House of Representatives on the death of the Baroness Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Mr. Cantor submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on _______________

RESOLUTION

Expressing the condolences of the House of Representatives on the death of the Baroness Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Resolved, That the House of Representatives has learned with profound sorrow of the death of Baroness Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Resolved, that the House of Representatives tenders its deep sympathies to the members of the family of the late Baroness Margaret Thatcher and her countrymen.

Resolved, That the House of Representatives honors the legacy of Baroness Margaret Thatcher for her life-long commitment to advancing freedom, liberty, and democracy and for her friendship to the United States of America. Resolved, That the Secretary of State be requested to communicate these expressions of sentiment to the family of the deceased and to the Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Resolved, That when the House adjourn today it do so as a mark of respect to the memory of the late Baroness Margaret Thatcher.

Thatcher or Bust

Apr 9, 2013 12:55 PM PT

In response to U.S. House of Representatives to Honor Margaret Thatcher :

Let's just hope that if the British government were to commission a bust to be made of the late Prime Minister,  Britons will know better than to loan the the bust to the  U.S. until after President Obama is out of office. Remember, the 'Brits' offered to let Obama keep Winston Churchill's bust for another four years back in 2008, but the President said "no thanks" and shipped it back to Great Britain instead.

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U.S. House of Representatives to Honor Margaret Thatcher

Apr 9, 2013 12:26 PM PT

The U.S. House Of Representatives will pass a resolution this evening by unanimous consent honoring former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Margaret Thatcher. Lady Thatcher passed away at the age of 87 on Monday in London. 

The resolution will tender sympathies, honor her legacy and friendship, and request the Secretary of State John Kerry to communicate these sentiments to Thatcher's family and the British Parliament. The resolution will resolve their adjournment is in her honor. It is  the same model the House used to honor Winston Churchill, when he passed.

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The Iron Lady's Response to a Heckler Circa 1980

Apr 8, 2013 3:10 PM PT

During a Conservative Party Conference in 1980 in Brighton,  Margaret Thatcher was interrupted by a protester. According to the New Statesman:

My Lords, I decided to go even further afield than that, and I was informed that the item had been included in the Granada Television programme What the Papers Say, on 16th October, in which Mr. Ian 1337 Waller of the Sunday Telegraph broadcast as follows—and I have for reference, if the need arises, a complete transcript of the whole programme. This is what Mr. Waller said: "In fact, the only real violence of the day took place in the conference hall itself—and the guilty people either party officials or supporters. It happened to one of the hecklers who had managed to get through the strict security and Mrs. Thatcher managed to turn his brief outburst to good advantage; [she said] 'Never mind. It's wet outside. You can't blame them. It's always better where the Tories are'." 

Then Mr. Waller continued: "The heckler, Mr. Mike Carver, a London printer and SWP supporter, fared less well however … 'I saw him carried out face hanging down and being handled with rather less respect than a side of beef'." My Lords, I have given those four quotations, for which I have the original documents, to illustrate how wide the difference is between the verdict of four distinguished journalists—two of them very eminent distinguished journalists—as shown by what they said and wrote, and the explanation given by the Minister. The Minister said that they were "escorted out". The words "escorted out" are capable, I suppose, of being stretched a little—I doubt whether you could stretch them to frog-marching, although perhaps it might be permissible—but they are certainly not consistent with the evidence of these four journalists. Both versions cannot be true. My Lords, there are certain grave implications about this difference which I shall deal with a little later on in what I have to say, as I shall submit to your Lordships that the status of Parliament is involved in this.

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