The would-be “Hammer of the Gael”, Margaret Hilda Thatcher, has been laid to rest and still the revelations about her true nature come tumbling out through the British media blizzard of obfuscation and adulation. I already highlighted her preferred “solution to the Irish problem” – a little bit of 17th century ethnic cleansing updated for the 20th century. Fortunately for the people of Ireland she didn’t get her way, talked out of her blood lust by shocked colleagues in government and worried officials. However the next best thing was the death squads of the British terrorist gangs and their military allies let loose upon the people of Ireland. And boy did she love them. The ones out of uniform: the UDA, UFF, UVF, RHC, UR. And the ones in uniform: the RUC, UDR, FRU, SAS, BA. All the anodyne acronyms of British terror in Ireland.
Even out of office she could not stop herself counselling those who succeeded her on the evils of the perfidious Irish. Including those who were nominally her political enemies (though at least they weren’t Irish, hey, Maggie?). From the New Statesman and the Irish Times newspaper:
“Former Northern Ireland secretary Peter Mandelson said today the only thing Margaret Thatcher ever told him was that the Irish were “all liars” and not to be trusted.
He revealed the 1999 exchange as he explained why he did not want to attend the former prime minister’s funeral service.
“Although I helped to organise the Labour Party’s opposition to her policies throughout the 1980s, I only ever met her once. It was the day I was appointed Northern Ireland secretary and our paths crossed,” he said.
“She came up to me and she said, ‘I’ve got one thing to say to you, my boy … you can’t trust the Irish, they are all liars’, she said, ‘liars, and that’s what you have to remember, so just don’t forget it…””
However, on Black Mountain in County Antrim, it is the Irish who are passing judgement on the former British prime minister and writing her epitaph for the world.
- What Thatcher told Mandelson: “You cannot trust the Irish. They are all liars.” (newstatesman.com)
- Thatcher: ‘The Irish are all liars’ (irishtimes.com)
- Thatcher to Mandelson: ‘You can’t trust the Irish, they are all liars’ (belfasttelegraph.co.uk)
- Margaret Thatcher funeral: ‘You can’t trust the Irish, they’re all liars’ – Iron Lady’s bizarre rant to Lord Mandelson (mirror.co.uk)