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Somebody’s Got to Say It: She Was the Iron Lady…..Period!

I have always admired former British prime minister, Baroness Margaret  Thatcher.  And although I haven’t always agreed with some of her politics — notably her pro-apartheid stance and the introduction of the poll tax — in her heyday, she was undoubtedly a strong and decisive woman who led from the top, took substantial risks and wasn’t fazed by standing alone on key policy issues. The Russians didn’t tag her the “Iron Lady” for nothing. And as a supporter, I am hugely looking forward to seeing her biopic ” The Iron Lady” over the next few days.

Since “The Iron Lady” opened in the UK, approximately two weeks ago, there has been a lot of hullabaloo over its accuracy and the emphasis on Baroness Thatcher’s illness. Biopics are almost always controversial. “Malcolm X” was controversial and so was “Ali” and “JFK,” to name but a few. It just isn’t always easy to cramp an illustrious career into an average  2-hour long film, hence the conclusion from some film critics that biopics just don’t work.

I am rather miffed that the biopic highlights the former prime minster’s present poor health. Even though she has been quite poorly for some time now, Baroness Thatcher is now 86 and her illness is far removed from her political career, which ended roughly 20 years  ago. Hopefully, those who will go to see this film will be far more interested in the portrayal of Baroness Thatcher’s rise to fame and glory, and her political achievements, than the aging process and dementia.

What’s more, it really and truly pains me when people jump on any bandwagon for their own selfish interests, and are totally oblivious to the hurt they cause others in the process. In a recent interview with “The Guardian” newspaper, former Tory cabinet minister, Jonathan Aitken, said of the film that he was “uncomfortable and a bit upset about the vehicle of the dementia-ridden lady who flips in and out.” But then in true hypocritical fashion he reveals that Baroness Thatcher exhibited signs of dementia when she attended a dinner party at his home a year ago:  “She suddenly started to talk about Keith Joseph [the politician credited with inventing Thatcherism], then later about the preparations for her wedding.”

Aitken also recounted a fellow former Cabinet member at his dinner party asking a question about David Cameron, but Baroness Thatcher obviously didn’t get who David Cameron was…”

Now some may excuse Aitken’s telling tales out of school as nothing but a sly strategy to whip up enthusiasm and publicity for his own biography of Baroness Thatcher, but I think his indiscretion smacks of a betrayal of sorts. How would he feel if, in 15 years time (age 84),  he wet himself at a dinner party, due to a medical condition, and his host went public with that information?  For heaven’s sake, the Iron Lady is now 86 years old!  How many of us will make it to 86, much less, gracefully?

Jonathan Aitken surely owes Baroness Thatcher a profound apology for his indiscretion. And when his book is eventually published, Aitken should be compelled to make a significant donation from the proceeds to a charity that promotes research into conditions of the brain including dementia.

The video clip posted below shows Baroness Thatcher in full bloom at her last prime ministers questions in the House of Commons. Oh what good memories of the way she really was.

Gaddafi Is A ‘Living Political Corpse’

These are heady times for Colonel Gaddafi and for humanity at large. It is  now insignificant whether outside influence is responsible for the uprising in Libya. The main bone of contention at the moment is that Libyans have had enough of Colonel Gaddafi’s 42-year rule and want him to go.

Colonel Gaddafi, for his part, remains defiant in his decision to fight to the death. Just because Colonel Gaddafi is locked in his position at the moment, does not mean he won’t back-track in days to come. After all, this happens a lot in politics, and who said a man cannot change his mind, especially when he finds himself between a rock and a very hard place?

If Colonel Gaddafi truly believes that if he dies in the uprising he will attain martyrdom, then he does not understand the virtues of martyrdom. Fighting for self-aggrandisement and political survival is not what martyrdom is about in any religion. Moreover, the fact that he publicly announced this preposterous wish is an insult to all true martyrs of all religions.

The US and UK, on the other hand, are oil hustlers and opportunistic good Samaritans. With the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, it is difficult to believe that the US and UK concerns for the plight of the Libyans are genuine.  The  bottom line is that the US and UK are attracted to Libya’s oil like vultures are attracted to the carcasses of dead animals.

It does baffle me though, that all of a sudden UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, is saying  “It is not acceptable to have a situation where Colonel Gaddafi can murder his own people ……..”  Didn’t his predecessor, Tony Blair, say something similar about Saddam Hussein just before the commencement of the second Iraq war?  What shape is  Iraq in today? Does anyone really think that Iraq is better off now than when under Saddam? Agreed Saddam was Pharaoh-like, but the US and UK are no Moses. They are fake messiahs.

If Colonel Gaddafi loves Libya as he claims, he should step down and go into exile before US and UK tankers roll into Libya.  Libya under western occupation is not a viable option for Libyans, the Middle East and world peace. The sooner Colonel Gaddafi and his sons quit daydreaming and accept the reality of what is happening around them, the better for us all.

Both the Arab League and the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) should get their acts together with immediate effect. I think it is shameful that things are happening on their door-steps and they are conspicuously silent. The Arab League and OAU really need to take things by the scruff of the neck to stop these oil-thirsty vampires in their wake.

I couldn’t agree more with the Kremlin’s recent remark about Colonel Gaddafi being a “living political corpse.” What a brain-teaser for the vultures hovering above Colonel Gaddafi.

In oil we trust !