Margaret Thatcher

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(Lawyer, Politician, deep state functionary)
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BornMargaret Hilda Roberts
13 October 1925
Grantham, Lincolnshire, England, UK
Died8 April 2013 (Age 87)
Westminster, London, England, UK
Alma materSomerville College (Oxford University), Inns of Court
TitlePrime Minister of the United Kingdom
ReligionChurch of England
Children • Carol Thatcher
• Mark Thatcher
Parents • Alfred Thatcher
• Beatrice Thatcher
SpouseDenis Thatcher
Founder ofCentre for Policy Studies
Member ofLe Cercle
Interest ofClaire Berlinski, Shield
PartyConservative

Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom (HM Government).svg UK/Prime Minister Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
4 May 1979 - 28 November 1990
Preceded byJames Callaghan
Appointed after Le Cercle's intervention, possibly through the Shield committee.

Employment.png UK/Leader of the Opposition

In office
11 February 1975 - 4 May 1979

Employment.png UK/Leader of the Conservative Party

In office
11 February 1975 - 28 November 1990

Employment.png Shadow Environment Secretary

In office
5 March 1974 - 11 February 1975

Employment.png Secretary of State for Education and Science Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
20 June 1970 - 4 March 1974

Employment.png Member of Parliament for Finchley

In office
8 October 1959 - 9 April 1992

Employment.png Member of the House of Lords

In office
30 June 1992 - 8 April 2013

Margaret Hilda Thatcher was UK Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990 and leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990. A Soviet journalist called her "The Iron Lady", a nickname which became associated with her uncompromising politics and leadership style. As Prime Minister, she faithfully implemented neoliberal economic policies of privatization for her UK deep state masters (dubbed "Thatcherism" by the commercially-controlled media). After retiring from the House of Commons, Thatcher was ennobled in 1992 as Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven in the county of Lincolnshire, which entitled her to sit in the House of Lords.[1]

Rise to power

The 11th February 1975 brought the highpoint of a long campaign which deposed Edward Heath as Leader of the Conservative Party, replacing him by his former Education Secretary, the relatively unknown Thatcher. After the intervention of deep politician Brian Crozier's Shield[2] she prevailed against William Whitelaw by 146 votes to 79.[3] Her campaign was run by her private secretary, Tory MP and former MI6 officer Airey Neave (assassinated in 1979).

Denis Healey recalls that he invited Margaret Thatcher to the 1975 Bilderberg conference and that after listening in silence for two days:

"the next day she suddenly stood up and launched into a three-minute Thatcher special. I can't remember the topic, but you can imagine. The room was stunned. Here's something for your conspiracy theorists. As a result of that speech, David Rockefeller and Henry Kissinger and the other Americans fell in love with her. They brought her over to America, took her around in limousines, and introduced her to everyone."[4]

BND reports on Le Cercle written in late 1979 and early 1980 (published in Der Spiegel in 1982) outline a "Thatcher faction" within MI6 in the lead-up to the Conservatives' 1979 election victory; a November 1979 report quotes a planning paper by Brian Crozier about a Cercle complex operation "to affect a change of government in the United Kingdom (accomplished)".[3] Thatcher was mentioned as a speaker at the Cercle in a 2012 invitation letter from Michael Ancram to Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz.[5]

Economic policy

Thatcher aggressively pushed the neoliberal agenda of privatization and was uncompromising in the face of concerted opposition by organised labour, including a bitter coal strike.

Adam Curtis' film The League of Gentlemen tells the story of how Thatcher was one of a succession of political leaders who were tempted to believe that "the economy" was governed by the predictable laws of economics, that their advisers had discovered them and that they would inexorably lead to widespread prosperity.[6] In fact, social and inequality increased in the UK under the Thatcher governments. Another Curtis film, The Mayfair Set, documents how members of the Clermont Club rose in fame and fortune during the 1980s.

Foreign policy

Margaret Thatcher was proud of her support for Augusto Pinochet, the Chilean dictator installed by the CIA.[7]

Apartheid Appeaser

Winston Churchill is quoted as saying: "An Appeaser is one who feeds a Crocodile, hoping it will eat him last."[8] As Prime Minister in the 1980s, Margaret Thatcher adopted the role of "Apartheid Appeaser" in relation to the South African government led by P. W. Botha who was also known as "Die Groot Krokodil" (Afrikaans for "The Big Crocodile"). Thatcher called the ANC a "terrorist" organisation and branded Nelson Mandela a "terrorist" and, meanwhile, was active to block the sanctions which most of the world imposed in response to the barbarity of the regime. She once wrote to P. W. Botha: "I have found myself to all intents and purposes alone in resisting sanctions."[9]

Thatcher turned a blind eye to the following of P. W. Botha's State Security Council:

Lunch with P. W. Botha

P. W. Botha and Margaret Thatcher at Chequers

On 2 June 1984, Margaret Thatcher controversially invited South Africa's president P. W. Botha and foreign minister Pik Botha to a meeting at Chequers in an effort to stave off growing international pressure for the imposition of economic sanctions against South Africa, where both the US and Britain had invested heavily. Although not officially on the meeting's agenda, the Coventry Four affair clouded both the proceedings at Chequers and Britain's bilateral diplomatic relations with South Africa. On 5 June 1984, Thatcher made a lengthy statement in the House of Commons about the visit to Chequers by the two Bothas, but she omitted any mention of the Coventry Four affair:[10]

"We had over five hours of discussions. I was accompanied by my right hon. and learned Friend the Foreign Secretary (Geoffrey Howe) and my hon. Friend the Member for Edinburgh, Pentlands (Mr Rifkind), the Minister of State. The meeting was a working one, and the discussions were comprehensive and candid. They covered the problems of southern Africa as a whole, including Namibia. There was considerable discussion of the internal situation in South Africa. I made clear to Mr Botha our desire to see peaceful solutions to all the region's problems. On Namibia, we agreed that early independence for Namibia was desirable and should be achieved as soon as possible under peaceful conditions. We also agreed that all foreign forces should be withdrawn from the countries in southern Africa so that their peoples can settle their destinies without outside interference. The withdrawal of South African forces from Angola is an important first step in this process."

Sanctions: "a tiny little bit"

By 1986 the British government was formally committed to four major international agreements on measures against South Africa.

The first, adopted in June 1977, is the Gleneagles Agreement which covers sporting links with South Africa (Appendix I).

Then, in November 1977, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 418 which imposed a mandatory embargo on arms to South Africa (Appendix II). (This was extended in December 1984 to cover arms imports from South Africa - but the resolution, UNSCR 558, was not mandatory) (Appendix III).

Then, in September 1985, EEC Foreign Ministers meeting in Luxembourg agreed on a package of "restrictive measures" (Appendix IV).

Finally, a month later in Nassau, the Prime Minister Mrs Thatcher was a signatory to the Commonwealth Accord on Southern Africa which included a "programme of common action" (Appendix V).

The Commonwealth 'programme of common action' in fact incorporated most of the major elements of the previous agreements. It was the product of a Commonwealth compromise.

Commonwealth leaders had arrived in Nassau for their bi-annual summit on collision course. Since their last Summit the situation in Southern Africa had deteriorated dramatically and almost the entire Commonwealth was convinced of the need for an effective package of Commonwealth sanctions.

One Commonwealth leader was resolute in her opposition - Mrs Thatcher.

After hours of confrontation a compromise was struck. A few new measures were agreed. Others were identified for consideration if no progress was forthcoming in South Africa over the next six months. In the meantime an 'Eminent Persons Group' was to be established by the Commonwealth to promote the idea of negotiations between the apartheid regime and genuine leaders of the Black majority.

Within minutes of the agreement having been reached, Mrs Thatcher held a private briefing to which only British journalists were invited. She dismissed the 'programme of common action' and made her now infamous comment, "a tiny little bit; a tiny little bit". Wittingly or unwittingly with those few words she succeeded in humiliating the rest of the Commonwealth by conveying the impression that she had triumphed. Indeed, she even claimed in the House of Commons on her return that she had achieved "the recognition that economic sanctions would not work", "that many people there (at Nassau) realised that sanctions would be counter-productive", and that "many Heads of Government were pleased that the question of sanctions did not go any further".

Several Commonwealth leaders found it difficult to disguise their anger at Mrs Thatcher's statements. However, they stuck to their part of the Nassau Accord and worked hard to establish the 'Eminent Persons Group'. It eventually reported on 12 June 1986 that there was "no present prospect of a process of dialogue leading to the establishment of a non-racial and representative government."[11]

PM's "double standards on terrorism"

Patrick Haseldine's letter was published 14 days before the Lockerbie bombing

On 7 December 1988, British diplomat Patrick Haseldine wrote a letter to The Guardian criticising Margaret Thatcher for her "double standards on terrorism":

Text of Haseldine's letter:[12][13][14][15]

"It is all very well for Mrs Thatcher to inveigh against the Belgians and the Irish with such self-righteous invective. Naturally, she would not care to admit it but in the not too distant past her allegations of being soft on terrorism and allowing political considerations to override the due legal process could have been levelled at Mrs Thatcher herself. Remember the "Coventry Four"? These were the four (white) South Africans brought before Coventry magistrates in March 1984 and remanded in custody on arms embargo charges. Rumour has it that Mrs Thatcher was rather annoyed with the over-zealous officials who caused the four military personnel to be arrested in Britain. Rightly, she refused to accede to the South African embassy's demand for the case to be dropped but she was keen for the embassy to know precisely how the legal hurdles governing their release and the return of their passports could be swiftly overcome. Thus the First Secretary at the embassy stood bail for the "Coventry Four", having declared in court that he was waiving his diplomatic immunity. (The embassy did not, however, formally confirm the waiver.) Then a petition to an English Judge in Chambers secured the repatriation of the four accused. Clearly, Mrs Thatcher wanted the four high-profile detainees safely out of UK jurisdiction, back in South Africa and off the agenda well before her June 1984 talks at Chequers with the two visiting Bothas (P W Botha and Pik Botha). Strange that Pik Botha, the foreign minister, was able to find an excuse for not allowing the "Coventry Four" to stand trial in the Autumn of 1984. Stranger still that Mrs Thatcher failed to denounce Mr Botha's refusal to surrender the four 'terrorists' (cf declaration by U.S. Governor Dukakis that South Africa is a "terrorist state").[16]

Conspiracy with Reagan

On 2 December 2010, in a video conference link to staff and students at the London School of Economics, Muammar Gaddafi alleged that the case against Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi had 'been fabricated and created by' Britain's former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and former US President Ronald Reagan. He suggested that the CIA had been behind the 21 December 1988 Lockerbie bombing which killed 270 people.

"These are the people who created this conspiracy" said Gaddafi, referring to the alleged role of Thatcher and Reagan in Megrahi's conviction and life sentence over the attack on Pan Am Flight 103. "The charges directed towards Libya were based on unfounded evidence in an attempt to weaken the Libyan Revolution and limit its resources and abilities".[17]

In making his allegation, Gaddafi did not include George H W Bush. This may suggest that if Thatcher and Reagan had indeed 'fabricated and created' the Lockerbie bombing case against Libya, they would have done so in the interregnum between the 8 November 1988 US presidential election and President Bush taking over from Reagan on 20 January 1989.

President Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher "conspiring" in the White House library on 15 November 1988
Thatcher and Reagan dancing after a White House State Dinner, 18 November 1988

Gaddafi's alleged Lockerbie conspiracy could well have been hatched on 15 November 1988 when President Reagan and Prime Minister Thatcher were photographed in the White House library and would undoubtedly have discussed Iran's threat to retaliate massively for the shooting down of Iran Air Flight 655 by USS Vincennes on 3 July 1988 with the loss of 290 civilian lives.

The two leaders might then have decided to open secret negotiations with Iran and seek to limit the revenge attack to just one US aircraft. The US and UK would not have wanted to antagonise the Iranians further by blaming Iran for the retaliation, so would have selected 'mad dog' Gaddafi to be their whipping boy. Western intelligence agencies (including apartheid South Africa's National Intelligence Service) would have been party to such negotiations and would have had a say in selecting the sacrificial aircraft.

Thus on 22 December 1988 (the day after the Lockerbie bombing), President Reagan phoned Downing Street:

"Margaret, I understand you have just returned from the site of the Pan Am crash. I want to thank you for your expression of sorrow on the Pan Am 103 tragedy. On behalf of the American people, I also want to thank the rescue workers who responded so quickly and courageously. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this accident, both the passengers on the plane and the villagers in Scotland."[18][19]

On 28 December 1988, seven days after the Lockerbie bombing, when there was as yet no evidence ostensibly pointing to Libyan culpability, in one of the last acts of his Presidency, Ronald Reagan extended sanctions against Libya and threatened renewed bombing raids.[20] The joint US/UK investigation into the bombing soon found 'evidence' pointing towards Libya for the sabotage of Pan Am Flight 103. According to author and journalist, Ian Ferguson, it was a case of 'reverse engineering' whereby Libya had been fitted up for the crime and the inculpatory evidence followed (see the 2009 documentary film Lockerbie Revisited).[21]

South African nuke deal

South African nuke deal

In what critics described as a "sanctions-busting jolly", a youthful David Cameron visited South Africa in 1989 accompanied by Conservative MP, Sir Kenneth Warren and nuclear weapons inspector, Dr David Kelly, who had made several earlier visits to South Africa when he was given access to the covert nuclear weapons research facility at Pelindaba, near Pretoria.[22]

The purpose of Cameron's trip was to arrange for three of South Africa's nuclear weapons to be shipped to Oman, to be stored in case they were required in Iraq. The remaining six nukes were destined to travel from South Africa to Chicago. The next phase of the operation was that, once the weapons had left South African soil, the UK Government would reimburse the South African firm Armscor and the British firm Astra through the middle man John Bredenkamp.

At Government level it would be dealt with primarily by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) using Ministry of Defence money. To keep this out of Parliament and out of the public domain, Thatcher reportedly signed off these weapons (just before leaving office in late 1990) under a special Urgent Operational Requirement (UOR) - describing them as metal cylinders rather than nuclear bombs.[23]

In April 2010, it was reported that £17.8 million from this secret nuclear deal found its way into Conservative Party funds.[24]

"Proud to be British"

Rössing Uranium Mine made PM "proud to be British"

Three months after the Lockerbie bombing, Margaret Thatcher and the rising star in Conservative Research Department, David Cameron, visited southern Africa.[25]

The then and future Prime Ministers made a point of visiting the Rössing Uranium Mine in Namibia (occupied by South Africa in defiance of UN Security Council Resolution 435). Mrs Thatcher declared it made her "proud to be British", a sentiment echoed by Cameron.[26][27]

Brighton bombing

Full article: Brighton bombing

On 12 October 1984 Prime Minister Thatcher and her cabinet were staying at the Grand Hotel in Brighton for the Conservative Party conference. A bomb exploded which killed five people (including two senior members of the Conservative Party) and injured 31. Patrick Magee was convicted of the Brighton bombing, sentenced in September 1986 and received seven life sentences. Magee was released from prison in 1999, having served 14 years in prison, under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.[28]

Fall from power

Bilderberg specialist Jim Tucker attributes her downfall to a decision made at a meeting of the Bilderberg group, because she refused to allow British sovereignty to be dismantled. When Tucker asked her about it, he reports she whispered back that she considered it a "great tribute to be denounced by Bilderberg".[29]

Post Resignation

Philip Morris

In 1992 Margaret Thatcher signed on as an international consultant to Philip Morris at a rate of US $500,000 annually, with half to be paid directly to Mrs Thatcher and half to be paid to the Margaret Thatcher Foundation.[30] The Independent reported that Philip Morris paid for a 70th birthday bash for Mrs Thatcher on 23 October 1995 in Washington, D.C. with 800 guests attending and at an estimated cost of $1 million.

Tax Loophole Exploitation

In an article in 2002 on the subject of how 'Rich people are costing Britain millions in lost tax by not registering their houses in their own names', the Guardian[31] reported that Thatcher's home in Chester Square, London was registered as owned by Bakeland Property Ltd, Jersey. It was acquired in 1991 and Thatcher has it on 64-year lease. The shares for Bakeland Property Ltd are held by two Jersey individuals (Leonard Day and Hugh Thurston) who are the Thatcher family's financial advisers. According to the report, they are 'acting as nominees for a trust with concealed beneficiaries'. The former prime minister's office is reported to have refused to explain why she does not apparently own her own house. Leonard Day in Jersey is reported to have said: "No one's going to tell you about that." The article claims that through the exploitation of legal loopholes 'wealthy individuals... appear to be enjoying the country's choicest property virtually tax-free'. The article also mentions Anthony Tabatznik, Mohamed Al Fayed, David Potter, Tony Tabatznik, Lakshmi Mittal, Uri David, Rupert Allason, Wafic Said, Prince Bandar and Christopher Ondaatje as others who are not the registered owners of their homes who may benefit from such a loophole.

Thatcher's home was estimated to be worth at least £2.5m. As she was not the registered owner she has potentially avoided at least £100,000 in stamp duty and £900,000 in inheritance tax.[32]

The Downing Street Years

Full article: The Downing Street Years

Margaret Thatcher's autobiography, The Downing Street Years, was accompanied by a four-part BBC television series of the same name.

Death

Cartoonist Steve Bell on the "Falklands War theme" in Baroness Thatcher's funeral

Margaret Thatcher died on 8 April 2013. That day a Buckingham Palace spokesman said:

"The Queen was sad to hear the news of the death of Baroness Thatcher. Her Majesty will be sending a private message of sympathy to the family."[33]

Lady Thatcher's ceremonial funeral with a "Falklands War theme" at St Paul's Cathedral in London on 17 April 2013 has been estimated to cost £10 million.[34]

South African ex-minister and ex-ANC activist Pallo Jordan did not attend her funeral. He told the Guardian:

"I say good riddance. She was a staunch supporter of the apartheid regime".

Jordan accompanied Nelson Mandela on a visit to London in 1991, which included a meeting with Thatcher:

"Although she called us a terrorist organisation, she had to shake hands with a terrorist and sit down with a terrorist. So who won?"[35]

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Appointments by Margaret Thatcher

AppointeeJobAppointedEnd
Percy CradockUK/Joint Intelligence Committee/Chair19851992
Peter FraserSolicitor General for Scotland19821989

 

Event Participated in

EventStartEndLocation(s)
Bilderberg/197525 April 197527 April 1975Turkey
Golden Dolphin Hotel
Cesme

 

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Document:Maggie's Guilty SecretarticleDecember 2013John Hughes-WilsonA brief resume of the "Arms to Iraq affair" by a former colonel on NATO's international political staff in Brussels. It revisits the abortive rescue of US diplomatic staff held hostage by Iran under President Carter, paving the way for the UK to supply arms to both sides in the soon-to-follow Iran-Iraq war in covert defiance of UN sanctions. The affair remains one of ultra-sensitivity to the UK Establishment which has been engaged in a monumental cover-up ever since.
Document:Memo To Prime Minister - Your Merchants of Death Are Cooking The Booksarticle17 October 1980Duncan Campbell
Document:PT35B - The Most Expensive Forgery in HistoryArticle18 October 2017Ludwig De BraeckeleerLudwig De Braeckeleer proves that the Lockerbie bomb timer fragment PT/35(b) is a "fragment of the imagination"
Document:Pan Am Flight 103: It was the Uraniumarticle6 January 2014Patrick HaseldineFollowing Bernt Carlsson's untimely death in the Lockerbie bombing, the UN Council for Namibia inexplicably dropped the case against Britain's URENCO for illegally importing yellowcake from the Rössing Uranium Mine in Namibia.
Document:The great con that ruined BritainArticle3 April 2016Peter HitchensPeter Hitchens, the repentant Thatcherite, has second thoughts about privatisation: if it’s all been so beneficial, why do so many of the containers that arrive in British ports, full of expensive imports, leave this country empty?
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