Dennis Skinner on Margaret Thatcher: Mentally unbalanced ‘dictator with a handbag’ ruined millions of lives

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Skinner despised everything Thatcher stood for and also refused to meet Prince Charles.

The Mirror reveals this latest extract from his memoirs: “No figure in my 40-plus years in Parliament encapsulated the poison and nastiness of the Conservative Party more than Margaret Thatcher.

The record of what she did to Britain – deliberately breaking people, communities and industries to impose her brand of casino capitalism, impoverishing a swollen group at the bottom as she rewarded her City friends – was unforgivable.

Thatcher ruined millions of lives. Not out of ignorance, or as an unintentional by-product of her policies. But in a systematic war on decent working people.

If you were of no value to Thatcher, you were chucked on a scrap heap. If you got in her way, she’d steamroller you. If you resisted, she’d try to destroy you.

Thatcher was a dictator with a handbag. The hurt she caused didn’t bother her.

Thatcher wouldn’t have recognised the truth if it was sprayed on her eyeballs.

Mrs Thatcher’s passing in April 2013 reminded victims of her political and economic crimes over 11 bitter years.

I didn’t return to shed crocodile tears when Parliament was recalled at great expense.”



  1. Huh? This is what? A topic sentence at the beginning of a paragraph? With no paragraph, or anything else. Why print something as vacuous and meaningless as this? Emotional catharsis.

    Miss Carol is addled.

  2. Yes, I can see why a violent Socialist would hate Margaret Thatcher from the bottom of their power crazed heart. She opposed the insanity of Socialism.

    Margaret Thatcher quotes:

    Let us never forget this fundamental truth: the State has no source of money other than money which people earn themselves. If the State wishes to spend more it can do so only by borrowing your savings or by taxing you more. It is no good thinking that someone else will pay – that ‘someone else’ is you. There is no such thing as public money; there is only taxpayers’ money.

    Communism produces neither dignity nor prosperity. It takes all power away from the people and places it in the hands of a self-appointed elite. And because it distorts and manipulates the distinctive talents of individuals rather than letting those talents flourish, it prevents progress and prosperity.

    Socialists cry “Power to the people”, and raise the clenched fist as they say it. We all know what they really mean – power over people, power to the State.

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