Thursday, April 11, 2013

Thatcher and I


I think it was in the early 90’s when I heard the name of Margaret Thatcher, the first female British prime minister.

I was a little political animal back then feeding on rumours of wars and news of power players, both national and international. Napanood ko yung report nung siya ay nag-resign. I was so captivated by the sight of her speaking in front of the crowd and the cameras around her.

Tinanong ko ang lola ko kung sino siya at ipinaliwanag niya sa akin kung sino siya.



Wala pa si Google or Youtube at wala kaming internet back then, pero ginawa ko lahat para makakuha ako ng mga info tungkol sa kanya. Tanda ko noon sa bodega naming kung saan nakatambak ang mga peryodiko, dun ko hinalungkat ang mga balita at mga features tungkol sa kanya.

Margaret Thatcher became one of the female icons I will always revere (next to Miriam Defensor-Santiago). I’ve always had a soft spot for the tenacious underdog because I always believe that the more it becomes aggressive in reaching its goal, it will become eventually the overlord. At alam niyo naman kung gaano ako ka-vulnerable sa harap ng power at kung gaano ako ka-inclined mahalin ang mga witty and impressively influential. Well, it’s the power-monger inside me who’s speaking right now.

I admire Thatcher’s tenacity and courage in defying the unthinkable, just like when she decided to become leader of the Conservative Party and prime minister. She never even imagined that she will see a female British prime minister in her lifetime, not even her as prime minister. But she became one, to the joy and dismay of many.

She was called the Iron Lady dahil matigas siya at hindi basta-basta mababali. Lahat yata ng mga naging obstacle sa kanyang policies ay binunggo niya, kahit yung mga sariling kapartido niya. And she was not afraid to insist her policies and hated compromising.

Obviously, kung gaano ka-passionate ang mga fans niya tulad ko, ganun din ka-passionate ang mga haters niya sa pag-hate sa kanya.

Gumapang ang mga labour unions at mga workers during her term. Massive privitization at mga kung anu-anong ka ek-ekan na hindi ko na i-enumerate dito dahil alam ko naman na iilan na lang sa mga readers ang nakaabot sa puntong ito.

All I want to say is that she’s got some balls which no male politician ever had. I admire her character, her focus, her long-term view of issues and politicise, and tenacity, though I really don’t agree with most of her policies and propositions.

In leadership, I’ve always “copied” her manners and perspective in leading a group, formulating and implementing policies, and most of all, in dealing with opponents.

Love her or hate her, we cannot deny that she has shaped Britain and the world and was one of the great shakers and movers and power-brokers of our contemporary history.

Good bye Maggie! 

18 comments:

  1. Way back ng pinag-aaralan namin sa aming klase sa goverment politics ang babaeng ito, kahanga hanga at kanyang pagkatao, walang may balls na pulitikong lalaki sa mundo at tatapat sa balls ni Iron Lady.

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  2. I super agree!

    I had a report when About her when I was in college which gave me the chance to know her better. She's really good!

    Oh yeah, she had balls! May political will! One the great leaders Britain ever had!

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    1. Strange though. It was rumored that the Queen never liked her. Masyado kasi assertive.

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  3. I do not agree with some of her policies. But yea, she's strongwilled and sexy :)

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    1. Sexy? really now? hahaha! Yes, some of her policies were way out of this world, like the poll tax.

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  4. Saludo din ako sa kanya! Very tough woman.

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    1. I just wish I worked for the baroness, hehehehe!

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  5. Well i knew her true our social studies subject back in my high school i guess
    hmmm she's was indeed an iconic woman and even so i don't know much about her i like her a lot
    I would like to see meryl streep movie of her life story

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    1. Nako, maganda yung film. Galing ni Meryl Streep dun. She got an Oscar for that.

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  6. I can't expound more of her since I just knew a portion of her - that being called the Iron Lady. She one tough woman and she fought for what she believed is more suitable in her administration. And Yes, she got some ball even if she's a lady - a trait that a lot of political men don't have. She stands for what she believed is right. A woman of virtue and character!

    No matter how she's negated by her contemporary opponents, she didn't burned, she didn't waiver.

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    1. True. Nice comment, parang tribute talaga sa kanya. Naks!

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  7. I wonder ano kaya ang pinas kung ganyang klaseng babae ang namuno satin nung nakaraang termino.
    Isang kahanga hangang babae.

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    1. Actually, she's like Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, minus corruption. Ano? hahanga ka pa ba sa kanya? hahaha!

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  8. Naririnig ko na dati pa yung tawag sa kanyang The Ironlady. Pero di ko lang masyado pinagtuunan ng pansin. Until lately nga eh naging maingay ulit ang name niya dahil sa kanyang paglisan sa ating mundo. Ayun, ang dami pala nyang nagawang magagandang bagay para sa United Kingdom. I really salute her. Isa siyang huwaran at kahanga-hangang babae.

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    1. Well maraming siyang nagawang maganda, at the same time marami din ang nahirapan, especially when she implemented her Friedmanite economic policies. later on in her life, I think, pinagsisihan din niya yun. Anyway, let's just let her rest and peace and cherish the greatness of her leadership.

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