Thatcher on Thursday (slightly delayed) : Pay Attention.

Margaret Thatcher refused to privatise the Royal Mail. She memorably stated that she was “not prepared to have the Queen’s Head privatised”. I’m with Lady Thatcher on this. I’m also with 67% of the British public, The Bow Group, The Countryside Alliance and Labour.

What? Me? The ardent Thatcherite is standing with Labour? I need to sit down and take a moment here.

The difference between me and Labour is clear though. I am not an advocate of the EU, and therefore not a hypocrite.

In 2009, Privatisation of the Royal Mail was Labour policy. So… why the change of heart?

Ed Miliband tweeted :

“Royal Mail privatisation is a politically motivated sale. It faces huge opposition from businesses and families across the country”

Yes, Ed. Of course it is a politically motivated sale. Politically motivated enough for your own party to want it, too… but it was a political decision made in Brussels.

Let’s have a look at that other deeply unpopular policy that the Conservative Party seem to want to… ahem… railroad through Parliament. Sorry.

HS2 was initially dreamed up by Jacques Delors in 1993. It will be rubber stamped by parliament. It is inevitable.

That other divisive policy, Gay Marriage, conveniently arrived in Parliament at approximately the same time as France and Germany’s parliaments debated the same issue. Guess What. Of course it was going to go through.

These policies and so very many more have been on the EU agenda for so long and are now coming to the time when they need to look as if they are being debated democratically in member states’ Parliaments.

The next time you see a deeply unpopular bill going through, don’t look at today’s papers, look at the EU’s papers from about 10 years ago. You’ll find the truth in them. Hidden in plain sight, right under your nose. Now Pay Attention.

Never mind all of that, what about The X Factor this week, eh?

“The people that once bestowed commands, consulships, legions, and all else, now concerns itself no more, and longs eagerly for just two things – bread and circuses!” – Juvenal

6 comments on “Thatcher on Thursday (slightly delayed) : Pay Attention.

  1. dr
    September 13, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

    It now seems to me that leftists are incapable of seeing their own hypocrisy.
    What I mean is, not that they are hypocrites and trying to not be noticed, but that they are genuinely blind to their own contradictions.
    An example of this that I found almost funny, was that leftists are happy to dismiss concerns about wind turbines spoiling views as nimbyism, but argue that shale gas extraction will blight the countryside with eye-sores.

  2. John B
    September 13, 2013 at 2:54 pm #

    And I should pay to have other people’s letter delivered because… ?

    I remember for part of my working life I was paying to subsidise telephones so wealthy people and businesses could have them, but which I could not afford; subsidising airline tickets so wealthier people and business men could fly hither and yon, but I could not afford to do so.

  3. Rocco
    September 13, 2013 at 3:34 pm #

    Margaret, keep the postal service nationalised, you say?
    Well, that’s fine by me. I have no criticism to offer whatsoever. None at all. I’m perfectly happy to just leave it there, walk away, and think no more of it.



  4. baronessthatcher
    September 13, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

    My point is not whether the service should be nationalised – that’s another post for another time 😉 – but who is driving the agenda. Who really governs the British people and where is this leading.

  5. Chris
    September 13, 2013 at 7:18 pm #

    Another reason not to vote Tory.

    UKIP all the way for me.

  6. patently
    September 18, 2013 at 3:59 pm #

    Privatise it, or don’t. It doesn’t matter. It’s been so bad, for so long, that we all use workarounds now. Email if it can be emailed, courier if not.

    Find a socially-acceptable way to deliver birthday and Christmas cards electronically, and Royal Mail will be toast. All that will be left is spam and bills, at which point I will seal my letterbox.

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