• 00:00    |    
    Initial credits
  • 00:06    |    
    Initial words
  • 01:02    |    
    Introducing the book
  • 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
    • 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 n ?
    • 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
    • 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

The Next Best Thing to Meeting Lady Margaret Thatcher

New Media  | 07 de noviembre de 2012  | Vistas: 29

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…


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