Margaret Thatcher, “A woman, not on my terms”
Many MPs stayed away, as an understandable boycott on a point of principle.
Ed Miliband had a difficult speech, he had to be respectful yet critical. Perhaps it was disappointing, yet inevitable. He said,
In mining areas, like the one I represent, communities felt angry and abandoned. Gay and lesbian people felt stigmatised by measures like section 28, which today’s Conservative party has rightly repudiated. And it was no accident that when he became leader of the Conservative party, the right honourable member for Chingford wrote a pamphlet, called There is Such a Thing as Society. And on the world stage, as this prime minister rightly said in 2006, when he was leader of the opposition, she made the wrong judgment about Nelson Mandela and about sanctions in South Africa. Mr Speaker, debates about her and what she represented will continue for many years to come.
But Glenda Jackson stole the show. She spoke for me.
She talked of schools without resources, peeling paint and the homeless.
Just as I remember it Glenda. What a wonderful speech! “Aspirational society – they aspired for Things. They knew the price of everything and the value of nothing. We see the re-emergence of society today. Let’s not go back there. To see the extraordinary human damage and waste.”