Monday, April 8, 2013

"There is no such thing as public money"—Mrs Thatcher



No, Mrs Thatcher was not a libertarian. But she at least understood that the money that governments' spend is sweated from the toil of the individuals who earn it.

And no, Mrs Thatcher was no infallible goddess. But compared to what came before and (most especially) after, she may as well have been.

And no, Mrs Thatcher did not do everything right: but she had a vision that rose above that of merely lining her own pockets, and she had the balls to see it through.

R.I.P. Mrs T.

9 comments:

Suboptimal Planet said...

Well said.

Tom Mein said...

That one line needs repeating again and again and again

JuliaM said...

Wouldn't matter. It's not that the people don't believe it, it's that they have no interest in having anyone else believe it...

Barnacle Bill said...

It's a pity that more of our politicians do not serve us with the same philosophy.
Instead they think it's self service all the way to the check out where we get to pay the bill.

Alistair said...

She sometimes grated on me so much that I could not bear to watch her. However, at least she had strong beliefs and nobody could claim that they didn't know where she stood-- unlike the mealy-mouthed political pygmies on display today. She also never saw the office as a cash-cow a la Tony Blair.
RIP Mrs Thatcher

tris said...

Who's money is playing for all the tra la la of PUBLIC obseques in England next week then...? Who is paying for all the security? Who's paying for the troops that carry her body on gun carriages?

Oh yeah, us, the public with our money I suppose.

Jim said...

@tris: unless the State is employing extra policemen and soldiers specifically for the funeral, which is isn't of course, then all those State employees involved will just be moved from current duties for the day. So the extra cost to the public purse is zero.

tris said...

Oh well. Hopefully there will be no ordinary crime that day in the English capital.

Roehamster said...

Well said, tris (which I assume is a contraction of the vulgar cognomen Trismegistus) - 'thrice greatest' thou art indeed!

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