In general there has been a respectful and appropriate response to the death of Britain’s finest leader since Churchill. Even senior Labour figures have preserved their dignity and given due credit for her importance. Those who have demeaned themselves with cheap and oafish abuse know who they are and they are lesser people for it.
She has always been my hero. In 1979, when I had just started my first business I had car window stickers printed reading ‘Support Maggie In the Interests Of Britain’.
She was and will remain a magnificent woman of stature beyond compare. As someone wrote today, what the snide, jealous left really hated about her was that she was working class – yet with real ambition and ability.
Rest in peace Maggie. Britain and the world is forever changed and greatly enhanced by your noble life.
It’s a crime. There should be hundreds of them in jail.
Home Secretaries come and go. Let’s hope for the sake of everyone in Britain that this one goes soon.
Some are corrupt and idiotic like Alan Johnson. Some are brave and sincere like David Blunkett. Many have “something of the night” about them like Michael Howard.
In my lifetime there has never been one like Theresa May – vicious, malevolent and always ready for cheap, political point-scoring at the expense of the weak and vulnerable. She also demonstrates the most shameful ineptitude and incompetence and she’ll stab anyone in the back to protect her career.
She is authoritarian, anti-libertarian, secretive, oppressive, unjust and represents everything that is bad in politics. She would be far better suited to joining the Assad government in Syria or Netanyahu in Israel. She is the antithesis of democracy, the enemy of freedom. She shames Britain and she has done more damage to the cause of women in politics than anyone. She even makes Harriet Harman look reasonable, personable and relevant.
She is the token woman in the cabinet but she is detached from traditional Tory values as well. One of the few options left to Cameron to regain any credit for himself would be to sack her.
It’s no surprise then that she wants to abandon the European Convention on Human Rights which has its foundations in Britain and in our traditions of liberty and justice. She has no interest in humanity. She does not represent me and she is not fit to represent our great nation.
My brilliant son, Richard, who is forging a glittering career in the law invited me to dine at Middle Temple, the Inn of Court of which he is a member.
The occasion was the Reader’s Feast and around 250 people gathered in the magnificent Elizabethan hall. Amongst us were the Attorney-General, several Supreme Court justices and many more lowly individuals, mere High Court judges and QCs. At the bottom of this august but friendly and good natured gathering were the humble ordinary members, students and their guests.
The Reader’s Feast takes place each term. It is a social event and an important part of the students’ education as a senior member of the Inn delivers a speech on a topic of current importance. Last night the reader was Professor Graham Zellick CBE QC and his topic was ’Re-engineering Civil Justice’.
The food was spectacular. The wine was average. The port was superb. The occasion itself was a very special memory which I will treasure with great pride in my son.
This gate opens onto farmland and scrub stretching just half a mile from the Jurassic coast, up and over the Dorset ridgeway.
If you head due east, maybe a touch to the north, you can walk with your dog (or dogs) for five or six miles and never come across a building nor even a road.
Yet Weymouth and Portland Borough Council choose to threaten us with a £5000 fine for not having our dogs on a lead, or £1000 for allowing them to, ahem, shit (for want of a better word).
The path leads away from the main road through Sutton Poyntz and the signs can’t be directed at people coming towards the village because they’re impossible to see from that direction.
Half a mile further west it’s the same thing on Chalbury Rings, the bronze age hill fort, which is as remote as anywhere. In five years, walking there regularly, I might have bumped into someone else once, perhaps twice.
The nasty, dog-hating, money-wasting, officious ‘little Hitlers’ that devise and operate this policy are the very worst of Britain. Local government seems to be infested with them.
I don’t know about you but I found the sequence where he is in the middle of being interviewed and then is ‘scrambled’ to take-off, WWII Battle of Britain style, extraordinarily moving.
He is right about the lowlife exploiters who work in Fleet Street. They are the very worst of Britain and need to be taken down.