Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher vetoed William's Hague's political bid

British Foreign Secretary William Hague. Photo: EPA

An attempt to parachute British Foreign Secretary William Hague into an early political career at the age of 21 was rejected as a "gimmick" by former prime minister Margaret Thatcher, archives released yesterday revealed.

Friday, 2 August, 2013, 4:48am

Letters to the Editor, May 7, 2013

Some price cap is needed on textbooks. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

We should not be happy with mere scraps

At the end of his analysis of why Martin Lee Chu-ming is supposedly behind the times, Alex Lo offers an analogy to Beijing being like Ebenezer Scrooge - if even he could offer a sum to charity then there is hope; just as China has offered conditional suffrage ("History has left Martin Lee behind", May 3).

7 May 2013 - 2:22am 3 comments

Letters to the Editor, May 1, 2013

Tony Blair took over a full treasury. Photo: AFP

UK's problems down to Blair, not Thatcher

I refer to Kevin Rafferty's article ("Britain's economy labours in the shadow of Thatcher's none-too-splendid legacy", April 20).

Britain's burdens today are the result of Tony Blair's and Gordon Brown's 13 years, not those of Margaret Thatcher.

1 May 2013 - 2:32am 1 comment

China's ailing economy needs a dose of Thatcherism with Chinese characteristics

Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping, left, meets with then British prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in Beijing in this September 24, 1982 file photo. Photo: AP

As the world mourned the passing of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, remembered her belief in small government, free enterprise and monetarism, and her contribution to world prosperity, we should look at what today's China can learn from her legacy.

29 Apr 2013 - 1:07pm 1 comment

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.

25 Apr 2013 - 3:04am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, April 20, 2013

Banks must now be called to account. Photo: Bloomberg

I watched the US Senate hearings into the JPMorgan US$6.2 billion loss on credit derivatives. Banks justify their huge bonuses, saying that they are needed to attract talent. If the collection of mumbling, fumbling, buck-passing individuals who testified are the best talent available, it is not surprising that the banks are in such a mess.

20 Apr 2013 - 3:25am

Thatcher's none-too-splendid legacy

Margaret Thatcher

Baroness Thatcher was finally laid to rest this week. In her declining years, she was a sadly rusted version of her "Iron Lady" image, a reminder of the wisdom of the eminent neurologist Oliver Sacks, who said, "I don't know whether there are any good ways to die".

20 Apr 2013 - 3:23am 1 comment

A woman, scorned

Meryl Streep as The Iron Lady

"Politics is about people. It's about the person in front of you. So always look them in the eye. People'll remember you for it. And if they remember you, that's half the battle."

21 Apr 2013 - 2:56pm

Letters to the Editor, April 19, 2013

Incinerators could be built at landfills. Photo: Bloomberg

In recent months we have heard a lot of discussion on the election of the chief executive by universal suffrage that was long on principles, ideals and passion but short on concrete details.

19 Apr 2013 - 2:48am 1 comment

Rebel MP Galloway offers Thatcher stinging send-off

George Galloway lambasts national funeral for Thatcher. Photo: SCMP Pictures

British MPs voted overwhelmingly to postpone Prime Minister's Questions so that ministers could attend yesterday's funeral of Margaret Thatcher, but not before left-wing lawmaker George Galloway had delivered a stinging send-off.

The controversial Respect Party MP joined forces with veteran Labour Party lawmaker Dennis Skinner to frustrate the government's vote on Tuesday.

18 Apr 2013 - 3:05am

Thatcher wasn't a racist, says apartheid leader De Klerk

De Klerk with Nelson Mandelain May 1994. Photo: Reuters

The last leader of apartheid South Africa, F. W. de Klerk, has rejected accusations that Margaret Thatcher was a racist.

The former leader, who shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Nelson Mandela in 1993, said on the eve of her funeral that the late British prime minister did not give the "slightest support for apartheid or for racial discrimination of any kind".

18 Apr 2013 - 3:06am

Talking points

The funeral of Margaret Thatcher takes place at St Paul's Cathedral in London

Tributes and protests at Thatcher funeral

17 Apr 2013 - 3:25am

Letters to the Editor, April 16, 2013

Protest in Taipei against a new nuclear plant. Photo: AP

I am saddened that not one of the pan-democratic political parties of Hong Kong, nor any one of our pro-democracy leaders and personalities, have, apparently, commented on the recent Court of Final Appeal ruling regarding right of abode for foreign domestic helpers.

16 Apr 2013 - 3:27am 5 comments

Letters to the Editor, April 15, 2013

Green features at the HKU campus. Photo: SCMP

I am a regular visitor from the UK, although I lived in Hong Kong for many years before going back. I am delighted to see more attention given to environmental issues such as energy conservation, reduction of noise, air and water pollution, and the design and construction of sustainable and green buildings.

15 Apr 2013 - 2:33am

Margaret Thatcher admirers plan library and museum in her memory

There was a heavy police presence as banner-waving revellers celebrated the death of Margaret Thatcher. Photo: Reuters

Admirers of late British prime minister Margaret Thatcher plan to create a new library and museum in London to celebrate her legacy and shape the future of conservative politics.

15 Apr 2013 - 4:32am