A Few Sharp Quotes about Thatcher and the Tories

I also found a couple of sharp quotations about the Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan in the same issue of Focus, which had a comment from Martial. Martial said that man loved malice, but only against the fortunate and proud, not the unfortunate. It’s completely the opposite case with the Tories, who are only too full of malice towards the unfortunate. Here are the quotes printed in the magazines against Maggie.

She sounded like the Book of Revelations read out over a railway public address system by a headmistress of a certain age wearing calico knickers.

Clive James.

She only went to Venice because someone told her she could walk down the middle of the street.

Neil Kinnock.

A semi-house trained polecat

Michael Foot on Norman Tebbit.

And on Ronald Reagan:

A masterpiece of the embalmer’s art.

Gore Vidal.

And there are many others about the Tories. I think it might have been Roy Hattersley, who said that there wasn’t a British tradition Thatcher hadn’t struck with her handbag, and described her as a ‘bargain-basement Boadicea. And it was also him, or someone else from the Labour party who described being attacked in parliament by Douglas Hurd as like being savaged by a dead sheep.

And a friend of mine, who used to be a member of the Tory party, was fond of the quote, ‘The Tory party is an organized hypocrisy’.

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2 Responses to “A Few Sharp Quotes about Thatcher and the Tories”

  1. Ctesias62 Says:

    Think dead sheep Howe quote was Dennis Healey.
    Favourite Reagan description was ‘vicious stupid old lizard’ by c hitchens

    • beastrabban Says:

      I think you’re right about Dennis Healey making the quote about Howe. I thought I’d got it a bit wrong at the time I was writing about it, but it still seemed worth putting up.

      As for Christopher Hitchens on Ronald Reagan, considering the atrocities Reagan’s regime backed around the world, and his domestic attack on the old, poor, sick and Black, it’s a very good description.

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