So here is legendary thespian Glenda Jackson, who is also a Member of Parliament for Hampstead and Kilburn, tramping the dirt down on Margaret Thatcher, Thatcherism, and their effects on Great Britain.

“As a friend of mine said, during her era London became a city Hogarth would have recognised. And indeed he would.

“But the basis to Thatcherism — and this is where I come to the spiritual part of what I regard as the desperate, desperately wrong track that Thatcherism took this country into — was that everything I had been taught to regard as a vice — and I still regard them as vices — under Thatcherism was in fact a virtue: greed, selfishness, no care for the weaker, sharp elbows, sharp knees. They were the way forward.

Watch it not only for the speech, but also for the outraged mutterings of Conservative MPs, and keep watching through the “Point of Order” from Sir Tony Baldry, a Dickens character who objects to Jackson’s defilement of a “tribute to a person who has been deceased” which is calmly swatted away by Speaker John Bercow, who pretty much says, “Nah, mang, actually, we’re cool with denigrating the old bat, no point of order here.”

[YouTube via tipster “emberglance” / Mirror]

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  • equinox

    No, it was Reagan. If you consider their political philosophies, Carter would more likely be the one to have compassion for those with no voice and Reagan the one to care only about reducing government expenses regardless of the social costs.

  • equinox

    There’s a parallel to Reagan here, even in death. When Reagan died, the praise was worthy of a demigod when all he did was act his way through the eight years of his presidency. No mention of his failures, illegal acts and dishonesty or his diminished cognitive abilities.

    I would like to have heard what Ms. Jackson would have had to say debating a tribute to Reagan.

  • equinox

    TWO Likes for your entertaining comment.

  • equinox

    Clever–I like it!

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