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Quotation for Today, Saturday May 9

09/05/2009

“She carried through the fundamental changes that were necessary to recover Britain from being the sick man of Europe and laying the foundations for prosperity in the decade ahead. She transformed the Labour Party as much as anything else, because new Labour was obliged to accept the inheritance of all she achieved. The economic disaster which she inherited was overcome, inflation was overcome, the long-running battle by successive governments to establish balance in industrial relations with the trade unions was transformed, our tax structure was transformed. We worked together for 15 years, which is longer than many marriages last. It was a relationship which did work successfully for a long period so I try to encourage people to focus more on our ‘matrimonial’ achievements instead of our ‘divorce’ ”

Lord Howe of Aberavon, former Chancellor & Foreign Secretary on Margaret Thatcher

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