Oxford Dictionary of Political Quotations
Edited by Antony Jay
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By Susan Ratcliffe In May 1979 the United Kingdom elected its first female Prime Minister, in spite of her own comment ten years earlier: 'No woman in my time will be Prime Minister or Chancellor or Foreign Secretary'not the top jobs. Anyway I wouldn't want to be Prime Minister. You have to give yourself 100%'. A few years later, having become Prime Minister (although she didn't want the job?) Margaret Thatcher went on to say 'In politics if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman'. In fact, the things she said were so memorable that she has become one of the most quoted politicians of modern times. Everyone recognizes 'there is no real alternative', 'the lady's not for turning', 'the Falklands Factor', 'Rejoice, rejoice!', 'Victorian values', 'We can do business together', and 'There is no such thing as Society'.
Posted on May 4, 2012
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