00:00    |    
Initial credits
00:06    |    
Initial words
01:02    |    
Introducing the book Margaret Thatcher: A Portrait of the Iron Lady
02:20    |    
Margaret Thatcher's background
Family
United States Airforce in Lincolnshire, World War II
Education
Somerville College, Oxford
07:07    |    
Introduction to politics
Oxford University Conservative Association (OUCA)
Candidate for Dartford Conservative Association in Kent
Marriage with Denis Thatcher
Becoming a barrister
Opposition from women
Member of Parliament for Finchley, Greater London
Winter of Discontent (1978-1979)
13:41    |    
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
British economy
14:52.5    |    
Margaret Thatcher's public policies
Power reduction of the trade unions
Transforming nation's views of the market economy
Privatization
Monetarist economic policies
Right to Buy policy
Foreign relations
Taxation policy
Starting the process for peace in Northern Ireland
Aid in the destruction of the Evil Empire
Free market economy
Impact on the Labour Party
19:06    |    
Results of Thatcher's work as Prime Minister
A nation of entrepreneurs
Venture capital industry
Middle-class population
Home ownership
Share ownership
Reduction of trade unions and strikes
Failure to privatize the Post Office
Meeting with Queen Elizabeth II
21:59    |    
Ten lessons from the book  Margaret Thatcher: A Portrait of the Iron Lady
1. Strong personal, political and moral compass
2. Simple-word communication
3. Expecting too much from people
Story about two members of Parliament
Apocrypha about promotions
Apocrypha about dinner in the 10th anniversary of becoming Prime Minister
Thatcher's portrait as a hard woman
4. Public policies
5. Strategic thinking
6. Change to the Conservative Party
7. Winter of Discontent
8. Political relationship with Ronald Reagan
9. Preparation
10. Work things altogether
33:04    |    
Margaret Thatcher's good reputation
35:21    |    
Question and answer period
Could you talk about the role of Friedrich A. Hayek, the Institute of Economic Affairs and Alan Walters in Margaret Thatcher's thinking?
Do you think Margaret Thatcher overshadowed Queen Elizabeth II as the most dominant woman in the United Kingdom?
Is your book's title related to Henry James's The Portrait of a Lady?
What does Mrs. Thatcher think about the current rapprochement between Great Britain and Ireland, and about the situation in Northern Ireland?
Comments on the movie The Iron Lady
Importance of writing history
How did Thatcher reduce the welfare programs?
Can you give us your opinion on her dealing with the Northern Ireland crisis?
55:12    |    
Final words
55:47    |    
Final credits



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The Next Best Thing to Meeting Lady Margaret Thatcher

07 de noviembre de 2012   | Vistas: 7 |  

John Blundell talks about his book Margaret Thatcher: A Portrait of the Iron Lady, which describes her life and achievements as British Prime Minister. He details how her early life and education was, how she entered to the Somerville College at Oxford, graduated as a chemist, and later became involved in the Oxford University Conservative Associations, her beginnings in politics. He describes the economic and political situation of the United Kingdom when she became Prime Minister, what policies she implemented and achievements she succeeded during her 11 years in power. He also shares ten lessons learned from her that are printed in his book, he comments on her historical reputation: how people around the globe think about her, and finally, gives his opinion on the movie The Iron Lady, which he refers is a movie not a documentary.




John Blundell (1952-2014) was Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Institute of Economics Affairs (IEA). Previously, he was Director General and…

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