PM lauds Thatcher's contribution

CAROL MARTINDALE, carolmartindale@nationnews.com

Added 10 April 2013

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The late Margaret Thatcher was impossible to ignore and was one of a handful of leaders who lent her name to an era. This is the view of Prime Minister Freundel Stuart who, in signing the condolence book for the former British Prime Minister, said no one could deny that between 1979 and 1990 Baroness Thatcher made a profound impact on the politics of Britain and the world. “Very few political leaders are able to lend their name to an era. Margaret Thatcher was able to do that. We all know that there’s such a thing as Thatcherism which represents a set of values, a set of perspectives, a set of policy positions which she espoused, promoted and fought for,” he said. “Now you can have your own opinions as to the virtues or the vices of that world outlook but the fact is that it exists, and for as long as she was in active politics, it was impossible to ignore her,” Stuart added. He also said that long after she was gone, people would wrestle with Thatcher’s view of the world in contrast to other views. Stuart and Minister of Foreign Affairs Senator Maxine McClean signed the condolence book at the offices of the British High Comission today, and extended condolences to the government and people of Britain. Also in attendance was British High Commissioner to Barbados Paul Brummell who echoed the words of his prime minister David Cameron in saying Thatcher “didn’t just lead our country, she saved our country”. Adding that he had been gratified at the warm messages of condolence from leaders and ordinary people right across the region, Brummell said these were testimony to the affection and admiration in which Thatcher was held. Thatcher’s funeral will be held next Wednesday in London’s St Paul’s Cathedral, and an invitation has been sent via the Barbados High Commission for a representative of the Barbados Government to attend, Brummell said. (RJ)

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