What Mrs Thatcher was notApr 10th, 2008 | By Ian Poulton | Category: Cross Channel
The Editor-in-chief of the Daily Telegraph had a quiet morning this morning. He must have had, because he started sending emails to everyone on his mailing list advertising a very special supplement in the papers this weekend:
Start building your Thatcher DVD collection with the first episode, The Making of Margaret, free inside The Daily Telegraph on Saturday and The Falklands, free inside The Sunday Telegraph this weekend.
Margaret Thatcher was the Western World’s first female leader who enjoyed 11 years in office. I am delighted that we are able to bring you this exclusive collection of Thatcher DVDs portraying the political and personal life of Britain’s only female Prime Minister.
This fantastic collection focuses on all of the major events and factors that shaped her premiership from the Falklands War and confrontations with the unions to the charisma and personality she put into politics. The DVDs contain rare archive footage and exclusive interviews from those who came to know her best including Sir Bernard Ingham and Lord Howe.
Don’t miss your copy of The Daily Telegraph this Saturday so you can start building your Thatcher collection with a further seven DVDs free with your paper between Sunday, April 13 to Saturday, April 19. Until then, for more information on all of the DVDs that
make up the collection click here .
There would be a temptation to respond to Mr Lewis in various ways, but instead there is just one point with which I would want to take issue. “The Western World’s first female leader”, really?
“The Western World” is not a geographical term, it would include Australia, New Zealand and Japan, it is a term applied to countries sharing particular cultural, political and economic characteristics. Taking the Western World in those terms, Margaret Thatcher was ten years behind the first female leader.
In 1969 another country elected its first female prime minister. It is one that shares cultural, political and economic features common to the West; one that, at the time, had a strongly European population; one that even plays football in Europe and participates in the Eurovision Song Contest. On 17th March 1969, Golda Meir became leader of Israel.
Mrs Thatcher may have been many things, but she was not the Western World’s first female leader, unless the Daily Telegraph is to say that in 1969 Israel was not part of the West.