British politics

A great leader's way

A great leader's way

You can love her, you can hate her, but you cannot ignore her." These words, from Carol Thatcher, the daughter of the former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, give us an insight into the nature of this unique woman. These are the opening words to the BBC documentary The Iron Lady, first broadcast hours after Mrs Thatcher's death earlier this month. The words have been repeated often of late, because there is much truth behind them.

Thursday, 25 April, 2013, 3:04am 1 comment

How they see it

Lady Margaret Thatcher, Britain's first woman Prime Minister. Photo: MCT

Margaret Thatcher saw a great divide between freedom and the various forms of tyranny in the world, and she made it clear, always, which side she was on.

14 Apr 2013 - 2:15am

Could Hong Kong use some of Thatcher's 'conviction' politics?

Margaret Thatcher. Photo: Bloomberg

Margaret Thatcher, Britain's longest-serving leader of the 20th century, once claimed credit for "New Labour" and Tony Blair, who served almost as long as she did as prime minister. That the former Conservative Party leader could get away with that pronouncement, without attracting derision, says something about her dominance of British politics and her legacy.

11 Apr 2013 - 2:45am 8 comments

Thatcher's spirit lives on, not least in self-reliant Hong Kong

Margaret Thatcher. Photo: Reuters

Margaret Thatcher stated her beliefs to the electorate and moved ahead on a "back me or sack me" basis. She inherited a bankrupt country and transformed the economy. She was so successful that I was inspired to fly back to Britain from Hong Kong just for a weekend to walk the streets and knock on hundreds of doors for her.

10 Apr 2013 - 3:20am

Former British foreign secretary David Miliband quits UK politics

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband. Photo: AFP

Former UK foreign secretary David Miliband, the elder brother of the opposition Labour Party leader Ed Miliband, has quit British politics, putting an end to speculation about his leadership ambitions.

28 Mar 2013 - 3:27am

Brother of British Labour leader to step down as MP

David Miliband. Photo: EPA

British lawmaker David Miliband, who lost the 2010 battle for the leadership of the opposition Labour party to his younger brother Ed, is to stand down as an MP, it was reported on Monday.

David Miliband, who was foreign secretary in Gordon Brown’s government, quit front-line politics after his bruising defeat.

27 Mar 2013 - 10:31am