Hard News by Russell Brown

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Hard News: Thatcher

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  • Rich of Observationz,

    I think if I remember Maggie for one thing, it's the way she conspired with arms dealers and the Saudi regime to garner enormous bribes which were fed back into the pockets of her and her associates. It took her from being a relatively poor "grocers daughter" to the lifestyle of a multi-millionaire. (With only a bit of collateral damage in the form of the jailing of Jonathan Aitken, one of the bagmen, as a result of bodging some of the coverup).

    I suspect we might hear more now that her ability to sue for libel has been removed.

    A corrupt, evil bitch with no redeeming features. I'd happily have paid twenty quid for a newspaper that's had the type chiseled out by hand and printed with a steam engine to avoid what she turned England into.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4444 posts Report Reply

  • Juha Saarinen,

    Since Nov 2006 • 523 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Poole, in reply to tonyH,

    will we dance on [Roger Douglas’] grave?

    If I were Roger I’d be planning to be cremated, with my ashes scattered on Sir Rob Jones’ farm. That would deny the bastards the chance to dance on my grave.

    ETA: I know that Roger also has a knighthood, but I cannot bring myself to show the slightest respect to a man who railed against government waste and then displayed not the least bit of discomfort at accepting NZ Super, a Parliamentary pension, and an MP’s salary all at the same time.

    The pit from whence crawl… • Since Mar 2007 • 3904 posts Report Reply

  • Idiot Savant, in reply to Matthew Poole,

    If I were Roger I’d be planning to be cremated, with my ashes scattered on Sir Rob Jones’ farm. That would deny the bastards the chance to dance on my grave.

    Thatcher's mate Pinochet had to be disposed of the same way to prevent post-mortem revenge by his victims.

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1640 posts Report Reply

  • Roger Lacey,

    From the Telegraph website:

    The BBC also made an embarrassing gaffe on its news mobile website on Monday afternoon, announcing that Baroness Thatcher had died “following a strike” rather than a stroke.

    Heh!

    Whatakataka Bay Surf Club… • Since Apr 2008 • 118 posts Report Reply

  • Keir Leslie,

    And seriously, what on Earth is Shearer thinking putting out that release? Have some respect for the people of Britain, man.

    Since Jul 2008 • 1329 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen Judd, in reply to Keir Leslie,

    what on Earth is Shearer thinking

    Seconded.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2948 posts Report Reply

  • Graeme Edgeler, in reply to Matthew Poole,

    accepting NZ Super, a Parliamentary pension, and an MP’s salary all at the same time.

    Are you sure it was all three at once?

    Wellington, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 2999 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    A corrupt, evil bitch

    Ahem.

    (I mean, I agree with your larger point: fuck her and all the mealy-mouthed tributes to her "legacy". But... yeah.)

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3653 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    Also, we haven't had this one yet, have we?

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3653 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Danielle,

    A corrupt, evil bitch

    Ahem.

    Yeah, I actually meant to include a "avoid gendered insults please" rider. So, that.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18827 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Campbell,

    She did get one thing right though: "Poor dear, there's nothing between his ears." (Thatcher talking about Ronald Reagan)

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2126 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle, in reply to Paul Campbell,

    Are you referring to Saint Vanquisher of Communism and All Around American Hero, Ronny the Gipper? How VERY dare you!

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3653 posts Report Reply

  • Don Christie,

    "I happened to be watching Parliament on TV that day"

    Snap. Not sure which was the most dramatic live, that or the Berlin Wall coming down. Neither did I expect to see in my lifetime.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1615 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe,

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2602 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Poole, in reply to Graeme Edgeler,

    Are you sure it was all three at once?

    Matt McCarten was certainly under that impression at the time, and I found a couple of other references that indicated that Douglas was triple-dipping into the public purse during the last term.

    The pit from whence crawl… • Since Mar 2007 • 3904 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Danielle,

    Odd how the Gipper and the Iron Lady both had dementia at the end. Early onset would explain their politics.

    Sorry Russell; surely trout is ungendered?

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2602 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth Ward,

    NBR's headline is (I suspect, unwittingly) damning: Thatcher on par with Churchill, says Monckton
    #MoncktonLive

    (btw, thanks for putting me on to that via Twitter last night Mr Brown)

    Auckland, NZ • Since Mar 2007 • 1721 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Stephen Judd,

    I disagree. Something needed to be done, to be sure, but this is just recycling the myth that There Is (was) No Alternative.

    As the pragmatism included the brain fart of floating the New Zealand dollar, yeah, if only there HAD been an alternative.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2135 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart, in reply to Hebe,

    surely trout is ungendered?

    Would you ever use it to describe a man?

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4354 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Emma Hart,

    It's a personality-typed insult to me.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2602 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen Judd,

    Alas, I only ever got to piss on the Berlin Wall.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2948 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

    It's always puzzled me why only a woman can be called a trout, and only a man can be called a coot.

    I think I prefer discussion that has no name-calling, though.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3439 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz,

    Alright, she was an evil anal passage with no redeeming properties.

    I think one of the things that enabled her to be so successful was that many on the left were more concerned with correct use of language than the physical actions of government. This reached its nadir with Blair, who would never use an incorrect word but was quite happy to riddle people with depleted uranium if they happened to live in the wrong country.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4444 posts Report Reply

  • Andre Alessi,

    I like trout; they're much more tasty than people.

    Devonport, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 861 posts Report Reply

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