Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013) was the first (and only) woman to become Prime Minister of the U.K. She rose to power in a time, like today, where her country was in great political and economic turmoil. In the 1970's, socialist policies had devastated the nation and many in England were literally starving
As Sir Rhodes Boyson, one of her fellow architects of the "Thatcherite Revolution," explained: "When she became leader of the Conservative Party in 1975, Britain was on the brink of disaster, threatened by total collapse. The weak Labour government with a small majority presided over a bankrupt economy and threatened from within by a challenge to law and order itself. When she was forced from power in 1990, she left a sound economy and a confident and well-ordered society. The lessons are writ large."
A woman of strong faith and conviction, she had an incredible understanding of the principles that made America a great country. Interviewed in the United States in 1996 she said, "The Ten Commandments are addressed to each and every person. This is the origin of our common humanity and of the sanctity of the individual. Each one has a duty to try to carry out those commandments. You don’t get that in any other political creed.... It is personal liberty with personal responsibility."
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