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Oscar-Winner MP Glenda Jackson Rips Thatcher in Parliament (VIDEO)

by Anne Thompson
April 10, 2013 8:09 PM
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Glenda Jackson

Meryl Streep won her second Best Actress Oscar playing Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady." And April 10 another two-time Oscar winner, Labour MP Glenda Jackson ("Women in Love," "A Touch of Class") delivered a powerful anti-Thatcher diatribe in the House of Commons, holding firm against the loud protests of her more conservative colleagues.

Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady

I was moved by this forthright speech, which demonstrates yet again the force of personality and spirit required to hold your own in the British Parliament.

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  • Alan | April 13, 2013 6:52 PMReply

    Thank you Glenda for telling some truth and not letting the media and the "opinion makers" wrap a phony flourish depiction of the Thatcher era. Thanks for keeping it very real... 1,000,000 hits in Youtube and growing...

  • sal | April 11, 2013 5:57 AMReply

    Well done Glenda last someone pointing out the horrid truths of this vile 'woman'!

  • Andy | April 11, 2013 7:18 AM

    In My opinion Mrs Thatcher only had two negatives. She saved this country from a catastrophic cource.
    1) As far as I am aware her ideology said that “ If I can do it so can you” This is not fair or true there are some born with ability and privilege that others are not.
    2) The second was the Poll Tax. On the surface of it, it was fair, e.g why should an older couple, living in the same house as a family of four adults, perhaps living next door, be paying the same amount of council tax. Clearly the family would use more resources than the old couple. The thing is our tax system is not fair why should Mr Sugar or Mr Branson pay more tax than me. Their efforts contribute millions to the treasury in terms of PAYE and NI through the people that work for them. You could argue they should be exempt from personal tax. Thankfully it’s not ‘Fair’ Those who can afford to pay more do so.

    To all these people who say that she was bad I would ask did she ever padlock a coal mine?? The coal is down there go and get and sell it if you want to! I used to work with a minor who left during the minor’s strike. Some of the stories he came out with about skiving were frankly scandalous and it’s not surprising our coal was so expensive.

    I shudder to think what our country would be like if the likes of Mr Scrargil or Mr Hatton or Mr Livingstone had more influence on our society than they did. If you want an example of what it could have been like look at the railways. Some of my family work for GNER thanks to Mr Crow it’s a joke!!!

  • Candace Allen, London | April 11, 2013 1:58 AMReply

    Thanks for posting this, Anne. Labeling Jackson's presentation a tirade is an example of propagandistic image control. In the opinion of a very large number of folk here Jackson's words were trenchant truth and we thank her.

  • Alaskan | April 10, 2013 9:05 PMReply

    Classless is what I would label this tirad. You may not agree with Mrs Thatcher, but to blast her after death to promote your own career is a pity. Be respectful, regardless of others political beliefs.

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