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Margaret Thatcher

Geburtstag: 13. Oktober 1925
Todesdatum: 8. April 2013
Andere Namen:Margaret Thatcherová,Margaret Hilda Thatcher

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Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher LG, OM, PC war eine britische Politikerin. Von 1975 bis 1990 war sie Vorsitzende der Konservativen Partei und von Mai 1979 bis November 1990 Premierministerin des Vereinigten Königreichs.

Sie war die erste und bislang einzige Frau in diesem Amt und übte es ohne Unterbrechung und länger als jeder andere britische Premierminister seit Anfang des 20. Jahrhunderts aus. Thatcher wurde für den Thatcherismus namensgebend und in mehreren Songs, Filmen, Büchern und Theaterstücken unter anderem unter ihrem Spitznamen Eiserne Lady abgebildet.

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„Zweimal haben wir die Deutschen geschlagen. Jetzt sind sie wieder da.“

— Margaret Thatcher
nach: Helmut Kohl, Erinnerungen 1982-1990, München 2005, S. 1013, anlässlich der sich anbahnenden deutschen Wiedervereinigung während des EU-Gipfels im Dezember 1989. Ob Kohls Darstellung zutrifft, ist umstritten. Thatchers Wahlkampfberater Timothy Bell hält sie für "kompletten Quatsch": DER SPIEGEL 14.11.2005

„Ich bin außerordentlich geduldig, vorausgesetzt, ich kriege am Ende, was ich wollte.“

— Margaret Thatcher
als "O-Ton Thatcher" zitiert von Roger Boyes in Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte(APuZ), 47/2005, S. 4.

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„Wir haben aufgehört, eine Nation auf dem Rückzug zu sein.“

— Margaret Thatcher
am 3. Juli 1982 nach dem Sieg im Falklandkrieg, zitiert bei Thomas Kielinger: Maggie Thatcher scheitert an sich selbst. DIE WELT 28.02.2009

„So etwas wie eine freie Gesellschaft gibt es nicht.“

— Margaret Thatcher
Bernhard Walpen: Die offenen Feinde und ihre Gesellschaft. Eine hegemonietheoretische Studie zur Mont Pèlerin Society, Hamburg (2004)

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„In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man; if you want anything done, ask a woman.“

— Margaret Thatcher
Speech to members of the National Union of Townswomen’s Guilds, delivered at the Royal Albert Hall (May 20, 1965) ; as quoted in Why Women Should Rule the World, HarperCollins (2008), Dee Dee Myers, p. 227 : . The [http://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/101374 Margaret Thatcher Foundation] gives the following additional information : MT spoke on the theme ‘Woman – No Longer a Satellite.’ The Evening News report of this speech is the origin of a phrase often attributed to her : ‘In politics, ... (etc., as above).’

„Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't.“

— Margaret Thatcher
Often attributed to Thatcher, but originally said by Jesse Carr, head of Teamsters Union Local, in Newsweek, Vol. 88 (1976), p. 77

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„We have not successfully rolled back the frontiers of the state in Britain, only to see them re-imposed at a European level with a European super-state exercising a new dominance from Brussels“

— Margaret Thatcher
Context: Mr. Chairman, you have invited me to speak on the subject of Britain and Europe. Perhaps I should congratulate you on your courage. If you believe some of the things said and written about my views on Europe, it must seem rather like inviting Genghis Khan to speak on the virtues of peaceful coexistence!... The European Community is one manifestation of that European identity, but it is not the only one. We must never forget that east of the Iron Curtain, peoples who once enjoyed a full share of European culture, freedom and identity have been cut off from their roots. We shall always look on Warsaw, Prague and Budapest as great European cities... To try to suppress nationhood and concentrate power at the centre of a European conglomerate would be highly damaging and would jeopardise the objectives we seek to achieve. Europe will be stronger precisely because it has France as France, Spain as Spain, Britain as Britain, each with its own customs, traditions and identity. It would be folly to try to fit them into some sort of identikit European personality... it is ironic that just when those countries such as the Soviet Union, which have tried to run everything from the centre, are learning that success depends on dispersing power and decisions away from the centre, there are some in the Community who seem to want to move in the opposite direction. We have not successfully rolled back the frontiers of the state in Britain, only to see them re-imposed at a European level with a European super-state exercising a new dominance from Brussels. [http://www.margaretthatcher.org/speeches/displaydocument.asp?docid=107332 The Bruges Speech (20 September 1988)]

„When you take into public ownership a profitable industry, the profits soon disappear. The goose that laid the golden eggs goes broody. State geese are not great layers.“

— Margaret Thatcher
Context: The Socialists tell us that there are massive profits in a particular industry and they should not go to the shareholders—but that the public should reap the benefits. Benefits? What benefits? When you take into public ownership a profitable industry, the profits soon disappear. The goose that laid the golden eggs goes broody. State geese are not great layers. The steel industry was nationalised some years ago in the public interest—yet the only interest now left to the public is in witnessing the depressing spectacle of their money going down the drain at a rate of a million pounds a day. [http://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/102947 Speech to Finchley Conservatives (31 January 1976)]

„We believe that everyone has the right to be unequal but to us every human being is equally important.“

— Margaret Thatcher
Context: Some Socialists seem to believe that people should be numbers in a State computer. We believe they should be individuals. We are all unequal. No one, thank heavens, is like anyone else, however much the Socialists may pretend otherwise. We believe that everyone has the right to be unequal but to us every human being is equally important. [http://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/102777 Speech to the Conservative Party Conference (10 October 1975)]

„The Russians are bent on world dominance, and they are rapidly acquiring the means to become the most powerful imperial nation the world has seen. The men in the Soviet politburo don't have to worry about the ebb and flow of public opinion. They put guns before butter, while we put just about everything before guns.“

— Margaret Thatcher
Context: She's ruled by a dictatorship of patient, far-sighted determined men who are rapidly making their country the foremost naval and military power in the world. They are not doing this solely for the sake of self-defence. A huge, largely land-locked country like Russia does not need to build the most powerful navy in the world just to guard its own frontiers. No. The Russians are bent on world dominance, and they are rapidly acquiring the means to become the most powerful imperial nation the world has seen. The men in the Soviet politburo don't have to worry about the ebb and flow of public opinion. They put guns before butter, while we put just about everything before guns. They know that they are a super power in only one sense— the military sense. They are a failure in human and economic terms. [http://www.margaretthatcher.org/speeches/displaydocument.asp?docid=102939 Speech at Kensington Town Hall ("Britain Awake") (19 January 1976)] In response to this speech, the Soviet Army newspaper Red Star labelled Thatcher "the Iron Lady," a moniker that would stick for the remainder of her political career.

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