I was never a “Thatcherite” (as was the term back in the 80’s). Ben Elton, popular “alternative comedian” (another dated term) at the time used to call her “Thatch” in his winding spiel – which was supposed to be disrespectful but actually over time sounded more like a chirpy nickname. Russian media came up with the term “The Iron Lady” – which she apparently was greatly fond of. I certainly wasn’t a fan of many of the policies that came about through her term, however now she has departed this mortal coil the tributes are being published and I for one was not aware of this interview she gave in 1987. It certainly rings extremely true for our current “society” and says a lot about personal “self-worth” and responsibility. Anyway enough of my rambling, read the interview below:
Interview from 1987
“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.”
Now don’t get me wrong – I believe there IS such a thing as society, it just needs to be worked on and not relied upon – we all share that responsibility and we make it what it is.