I haven’t seen Iron Lady, the new movie with Meryl Streep portraying Margaret Thatcher, but I’m guessing not a single one of the clips in the video below are a part of it. At about 58 seconds into the first video, see one of the exchanges with Thatcher and a member of Parliament that is unforgettable. The second video is the official trailer for Iron Lady.
Without seeing the movie, I suspect this is the truth, Streep is brilliant but…:
In most ways, this dramatization of Margaret Thatcher’s life is a disappointment. Instead of an epic film about the most consequential (like her or not) prime minister since Winston Churchill, we get the story of an old lady with dementia who remembers her life in scattered flashbacks. Instead of a movie that shows what made her extraordinary, we get one that shows how she, too, is subject to illness and the ravages of age. Like anybody.
Imagine a biopic about Ronald Reagan that leaves out Gorbachev but instead dramatizes his years with Alzheimer’s, and you’ll get an idea of this film’s misplaced focus.
Quotes from the men who shared the floor of Parliament with Baroness Thatcher, the genuine Iron Lady – you one you likely won’t get from Hollywood:
Lord Heseltine, who is played by Richard E Grant, described the film as “tasteless”.
He told The Sunday Telegraph: “There was talk of an invitation for me to go and see the film, but I was not interested. I think it is extremely distasteful.
“It is a commercial product that will benefit from its depiction of Lady Thatcher suffering from a very serious illness.
“She played a significant role during her Premiership, yet the film is concentrating on one rather unfortunate aspect. It is just tasteless.”…
Lord Crickhowell [Nicholas Edwards], said he would be “interested” to see the film, but described the project as “inappropriate”.
“I don’t want to judge it before I see it, but having said that it does seem inappropriate to make such a film,” he said.
“I worked with Lady Thatcher for ten years, and was very close to her. It is regrettable that they would make a film like this about a lady who unfortunately would appear to be coming towards the end of her life.”
Lord Howe, Lady Thatcher’s former Chancellor and Deputy Prime Minister who attended a screening of the film earlier this month, declined to comment, despite his star role in the film, played by Anthony Head.
I think we have gone through a period when too many children and people have been given to understand “I have a problem, it is the Government’s job to cope with it!” or “I have a problem, I will go and get a grant to cope with it!” “I am homeless, the Government must house me!” and so they are casting their problems on society and who is society? There is no such thing!
There are individual men and women and there are families and no government can do anything except through people and people look to themselves first. It is our duty to look after ourselves and then also to help look after our neighbour and life is a reciprocal business and people have got the entitlements too much in mind without the obligations.
Read Margaret Thatcher’s op-ed of 2004 on Ronald Reagan here and view another video of Thatcher pegging socialists – “as long as the gap is smaller, they’d rather the poor be poorer (if the wealthy are less wealthy). Note that no one on the floor of Parliament shies from using the s-word, ‘socialism.’ Neither should we.
The Real Margaret Thatcher (video)
The Iron Lady Official Trailer (video)