6.15pm WATCH: The Lady's not for jumping

5.30pm WATCH: Thatcher Remembered: It's 1990 and Margaret Thatcher leaves Downing Street for the last time

4.15pm WATCH Thatcher Remembered: It's 1990 and Thatcher says "No! No! No!"

3pm LeftWatch: Hatred from the extreme Left is a perverse tribute to Margaret Thatcher

1pm WATCH: Thatcher Remembered: It's 1987 and Thatcher's third General Election victory

12.30pm ToryDiary: Baroness Thatcher's funeral will take place on Wednesday April 17th

Noon: Benjamin Cohen on Comment : Lady Thatcher has been the first major British figure to have died in the age of Facebook and Twitter

10am Local Government: A quarter of Council Tax in Manchester spent on debt interest

9.45am The Deep End: Putting the needs of children before adults means getting married before having children

WATCH: Thatcher Remembered: It's 1984 and Thatcher survives the Brighton Bomb


ToryDiary: A Prime Minister and a Party that are still in Thatcher's shadow

Also on Tory Diary: An Iron Lady of Christian faith

Thatcher Comment Special: Her Legacy. What it means –

Paterson Owen 2010
Owen Paterson: Lower taxes. Less red tape. Privatisation. Environmental progress. We must build on Thatcher's legacy

WATCH: Cameron – Thatcher was the Patriot Prime Minister. "She loved this country, and served it with all she had"

ConservativeHome will publish our Local Government and Deep End columns later this morning

Margaret Thatcher, 1925-2013

"As we
contemplate her magnificent life and the heroic scale of her achievement,
one thought keeps on nagging: what did we do to deserve her, and where will
we find another?" Peter Oborne

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"Here is the greatest lesson of all: she was a living, breathing disproof
of the facile theory that history is the product of vast, impersonal forces.
In fact the world is formed by remarkable individuals of great insight and,
above all, courage. Margaret Thatcher was one of these very rare figures.
Without her, Britain would be a weaker, meaner, less generous country.
Monday was a very sad day. Not since the death of Winston Churchill 48 years
ago has the passing of a political figure mattered so much. A great,
indomitable spirit has left the stage. We should all marvel." – Peter Oborne, Daily Telegraph

  • "She was Britain's greatest ever peacetime prime minister." – Oborne obituary in the Daily Mail

Charles Moore, Thatcher's official biographer: "Her love for her country, like all great loves, was often spurned"

Screen shot 2013-04-09 at 08.23.54"Margaret Thatcher loved her country. Like Charles de Gaulle in France, she had a certain idea of it. This idea was forged by a God-fearing, hard-working provincial childhood and by the Second World War. She believed in our strenuous virtues. The British, to her, were brave and free and unique…Her love for her country was expressed even more in her action than in her words. As with all great loves, it was often spurned. But she was always true to it. Her love was deep, and we shall miss it more than we yet know." – Daily Telegraph (£)

The death

"She died from a stroke yesterday at 11.28am in bed while reading at the Ritz Hotel, where she was recuperating from a minor operation. Her children Mark and Carol were abroad. Within minutes people began arriving to place flowers outside her home in Chester Square, West London. The flags at Buckingham Palace and Downing Street were at half-mast." – The Times (£)

The Queen: Sad to hear the news – Daily Express

The funeral

Screen shot 2013-04-09 at 08.39.51"Baroness Thatcher will be given a ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul’s Cathedral, the second highest honour after a state funeral." – The Times (£)

"At Lady Thatcher’s request, there will be no lying in state and no military fly-past. The Chelsea Pensioners, veterans who live at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, will play a central role in the ceremony and greet the coffin on arrival at St Paul’s….The Telegraph understands that Lady Thatcher has asked for her ashes to rest alongside those of her late husband Sir Denis, who was buried in the cemetery at the hospital. Her family has asked that instead of flowers well-wishers donate money to the hospital’s charity appeal." – Daily Telegraph

The Mail wants a state funeral for Thatcher, but reports that she didn't want one

Party leaders

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Minister David Cameron said she had a 'lion-hearted love of this
country' and 'fought for Britain's interests all the way'. 'We've lost a
great leader, a great Prime Minister and a great Briton', he said.
'There were people who said she couldn’t make it, who stood in her way,
who said that a woman couldn’t lead, and she defied them all. ‘Margaret
Thatcher took a country that was on its knees and made Britain stand
tall again. She was the patriot prime minister. When people said Britain
could not be great again, she proved them wrong." – Daily Mail

  • Cameron's ambivalent relationship with Thatcher – Andrew Rawnsley, The Guardian

leader Ed Miliband’s praise was more nuanced. “She will be remembered
as a unique figure,” he said, adding: “The Labour Party disagreed with
much of what she did and she will always remain a controversial figure.
But we can disagree and also greatly respect her political achievements
and her personal strength.” – The Times (£)

Chancellor praises her optimism – thus finding in her a message he wants the Conservatives to project

Osborne-Headshot"So what
is the lesson still to be learnt? Amid all the gloom about our economic
problems, and the high deficits, and the weakness of the Western world
in the face of new rising powers, I would single out one. Indeed, I
could put it into a single word: optimism. Margaret Thatcher was an
optimist. She had optimism in the ingenuity and enterprise of the
British people, when most had written them off. She had optimism that
the fight for freedom against communist repression could be won, when
most thought that was a dangerous fantasy. She had optimism that
Britain’s best days lay ahead of it not behind it, when most pined for a
mythical golden past." – The Times (£)

Boris, though full of praise, seems uncomfortable with her confrontational
politics: the Falklands, the miners' strike…
Daily Telegraph

Obama leads global tributes…Daily Mail

…Or should that read: Meryl Streep leads global tributes?… Daily Mail

…Or are they being led by the men and women of her generation: Lech Walesa, Gorbachov, Nancy Reagan…?Daily Telegraph

The hate of the left

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  • "Baroness Thatcher’s death unleashed a wave of vitriol and hatred
    from the Left. The first of several planned ‘Thatcher death parties’
    across the country began last night with more than 200 revellers
    gathering in Brixton, south London. They danced the conga, drank
    champagne and chanted: ‘Maggie, Maggie, Maggie – Dead, Dead, Dead.’" –
    Daily Mail
  • "Old
    foes lined up to add their contribution to her obituary. George
    Galloway, the Respect MP, was most succinct: “Tramp the dirt down”, he
    tweeted, quoting from the protest song by Elvis Costello, one of many
    musical acts — including Pink Floyd, the Jam, Billy Bragg, UB40 and
    Tears For Fears — who were inspired by hatred of the former Prime
    Minister." – The Times (£)
  • "The
    Sinn Fein president, Gerry Adams, was among the first to react,
    offering a scathing assessment of Thatcher's political legacy. He said
    she had done "great hurt to the Irish and British people during her time
    as British prime minister. Here in Ireland her espousal of old
    draconian militaristic policies prolonged the war and caused great
    suffering." – The Guardian
  • David
    Hopper, general secretary of the Durham Miners Association…spoke for
    millions who blamed Thatcher for the loss of livelihoods that
    globalisation and technology might have taken anyway, but without her
    blunt coup de grace. "It looks like one of the best birthdays I have
    ever had," said the ex-miner, 70 on Monday, who spent all of his working
    life at Wearmouth colliery. "There's no sympathy from me for what she
    did to our community. She destroyed our community, our villages and our
    people. For the union this could not come soon enough and I'm pleased
    that I have outlived her." – The Guardian


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  • Flowers laid in the Falklands – The Sun
  • Loyal friend to America – Financial Times
  • Reaction from Grantham, Finchley, Liverpool, Northern Ireland – The Independent
  • Thatcher through the years – her Greatest Hits: Iron Lady, Lady's Not For Turning, Rejoice At That News, The Enemy Within, Brighton Bomb, Poll Tax, Europe No No No, Treachery with a smile on its face – The Sun

The ill health of her final yearsThe Guardian

Former Colleagues

  • Tebbit2"The fun came when she had to be persuaded not
    to use expressions with double (usually sexual) meanings. ‘No Margaret.
    You can’t say that,’ I would say. ‘Why not?’ she would demand.  ‘Because
    you can’t — they would all laugh, but don’t ask me to explain,’ I would
    reply. ‘Oh, men!’ she used to respond." – Lord Tebbit, Daily Mail
  • A titan – Douglas Hurd, The Independent

Where's Heseltine?

The pygmies who brought her down – Robin Harris, Daily Mail


Thatcher in pictures – Financial Times (£)

In her own wordsFinancial Times (£)


  • Screen shot 2013-04-09 at 08.34.33Believe it or not, she cared – Dominic Lawson, The Independent
  • Would that there were someone like her to lead us now – Lord Tebbit, Daily Telegraph
  • The only man in the Cabinet – Sir Max Hastings, Daily Mail
  • The great reformer – Martin Wolf, Financial Times (£)
  • The woman who saved Britain – Simon Heffer, Andrew Roberts, Amanda Foreman, Ruth Dudley-Edwards, Daily Mail
  • Loved her..loathed her…loved her – Michael Dobbs, Daily Express


  • A catastrophe – Owen Jones, The Independent
  • The most socially destructive British politician of our times – Seamus Milne, The Guardian
  • "The arts" hated her: Hare, Bragg, Morissey, Brenton, Miller, Pinter… – The Times (£)

In Between

  • Heroine and hate figure – Andreas Whittam-Smith, The Independent
  • The sour, sectarian side of Mrs Thatcher obscured the fact she was often right – David Aaronovitch, The Times (£)
  • She saved the British economy, but at too high a social cost – John Rentoul, The Independent
  • She forced her enemies to change – Steve Richards, The Independent
  • Pro-European 'wet' transformed by a triumphant war – Simon Jenkins, The Guardian

Spice Girl Goes Wobbly

Screen shot 2013-04-09 at 08.38.14Geri Halliwell praises Thatcher on Twitter, then deletes tweet – Daily Mail

Other Memories

  • "Once when I told her of my plan to visit a remote island in the Southern Ocean she cast her eyes heavenward and said that she knew me well enough to guess that my aim was to stand on a distant mountaintop and see the Moon and the stars from there. “Don’t bother, dear,” she said, laying her small hand on my wrist. “You can see the Moon and the stars from Spalding.” " – Matthew Parris, The Times (£)
  • Explosion with Palace before first meeting with Gorbachov" "She unwrapped a pair of silver-backed hair brushes. ‘Haven’t they noticed he’s bald?!’ she raged, demanding that a courier come from London with an alternative." – Charles Powell, Daily Mail
  • My life with Carol and Maggie – Jonathan Aitken, Daily Mail
  • My chum Maggie loved Vogue, hated trousers and only used Clinique on her porcelain skin – Cynthia Crawford, Thatcher's dresser, in the Daily Mail

Her sex

  • She used gender to her advantage until hubris brought her down – Lady Williams, The Independent

The future


  • "She was a giant, beside whom other peacetime politicians of the 20th and 21st centuries look like mere pygmies." – Daily Mail Editorial
  • The woman who made Britain great again – Daily Telegraph (£)
  • "Margaret Thatcher came to power at the end of a decade in which Britain had lost confidence in itself. On the big issues of her time, she made the right choices" – Times Editorial (£)
  • Unique PM of real courage – Sun Editorial
  • Our debt of gratitude to magnificent Maggie – Daily Express Editorial
  • "Her legacy is public division, private selfishness and a cult of greed that together shackle the human spirit." – The Guardian



And finally…Maggie: still a winner – even in death

"Margaret Thatcher may have been divisive in life, but in death the balance of British public opinion looks admiringly at her record, according to a new Guardian/ICM poll. On the day of her death, half of all respondents, 50%, told the pollster that they look back on her contribution as a positive one for Britain. That is 16 points more than the 34% who say she was bad for the country." – The Guardian


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