Residents in her north London constituency have complained of her lack of activity in the House of Commons of late. But Glenda Jackson‘s speech in the Thatcher debate was rated by some to have all the acting panache and passion of one of her Oscar-winning acting performances.
Speaker John Bercow‘s intervention over an attempted point of order from Sir Tufton Bufton on the Tory benches was a classy put-down, too.
Wonder whether Croydon will have an MP capable of speaking for its residents with a fraction of the poise displayed by Jackson?
For probably the most effective summary of the Thatcher years as Prime Minister, it is worth going back more than 20 years, and to another speech in the House at the time of the “retirement of the old headmistress”, given by a former Second World War RAF pilot – though one who is unlikely to have the state pay for a funeral with full military honours as will occur next week.
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