Margaret Thatcher’s Final House of Commons Speech

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


With the passing of Margaret Thatcher, it seems only fitting to remind ourselves of this moment in her final House of Commons speech. It is an issue that came up strongly in this last election and Thatcher’s response is worth studying by anyone who finds themselves in this argument.

Thatcher begins by exposing the true premise of class warfare rhetoric and challenging it based on the facts. It’s a vital technique for anyone debating the left.

People on all levels of income are better off than they were in 1979. The hon. Gentleman is saying that he would rather that the poor were poorer, provided that the rich were less rich. That way one will never create the wealth for better social services, as we have. What a policy. Yes, he would rather have the poor poorer, provided that the rich were less rich. That is the Liberal policy. . . .

The inability of too many Republicans to give a response this simple and plain to cynical class warfare tanked the last election.

The left represents a national decline. Thatcher understood that and articulated it. As did Reagan.

Beating the left will not depend on embracing gay marriage, illegal immigration and the rest of the package, but communications to Americans that a life under the left is a worse life.

  • Toni_Pereira

    No politics of resentment and "kill-the-rich-starve-latter" for her…And no Banana Republic clown would play with her.

    God bless her!

  • Trevor

    People all around me are celebrating and organising parties to cheer her death. Personally, as much as her policies were evil, i can't and wont join in the celebration of someone's passing.

    Looks like i'll be watching University Challenge alone tonight while all around me party.

    • thomas_h

      Shove it, Trevor.
      Your phoney show of "respect" for the dead is just a ruse to smuggle in a nasty message that "her policies were evil". Some celebrate the Giant Thatcher death openly – you do it in your own devious, hypocritical manner.

      • Trevor

        Self Righteous much thom-ass?

        • thomas_h

          What is self righteous about pointing out your being a phoney creep?
          Self-evident? Absolutely! But self-righteous…?

          Oh I notice you modified my name. I presume you were trying to be witty. If you were smarter I would tell you your attempt has been pathetically crude and adolescent. Fortunately for me, you are a leftist ninny, so it saves me the effort.

          • thomas_h

            I, of course, don't want to say that all leftists are ninnies. Some are very clever. Goebbels comes to mind. But you are definitely a ninny.

    • jay

      Oh you're certainly rising above with your behavior. Cutting taxes and putrid government interference in the lives of the average citizen is evil indeed! Perhaps you should actually look up the definition of evil (something I didn't think liberals believed in anyway?)

    • Rifleman

      That says more about the people you surround yourself with than it does about Margaret Thatcher.

      What was evil about her policies?

      • Trevor

        She was the ruination of many working class communities. I suggest you educate yourself and look it up and you'll realise why the working class revile her so much.

        But still, that doesn't excuse the current "Celebrations" at the news of her death.

        • Mary Sue

          You mean the commies of Unions… of course commies wouldn't like her. The working class obviously got brainwashed well by the commie unions.

          • Trevor

            Mary Sue, you must be the thickest person on this site.

        • UCSPanther

          The Unions revile her because she stood up to their entitlement mentality and told them where they stand in the whole scheme of things.

          The Unions these days need to meet the Pinkertons of old more than ever, mainly to give them a harsh reminder of how good they have it…

        • PamM

          Are you an elected spokesman for the working class Trevor, or just a self appointed spokesman spouting his own prejudices? I can assure you that the millions of working class people she enabled to buy their homes for the first time certainly don't revile her. If they hated her so much why did they vote for her in their millions?

          Blair's deliberate mass third world immigration policy has done far more damage to working class communities than any policies of Mrs Thatcher's.

        • Rifleman

          I have looked it up (and discussed it with the Bit service members I trained with at the time), and apparently you've mistaken union bums for "the working class." When Lady Thatcher came in office, they effectively had a three day 'work week' and the country was going broke trying to pay for it. People that actually worked for a living and depended on their own efforts and a growing economy for advancement loved her.

          It's good you're above celebrating the death of a staunch American ally, I wouldn't even celebrate the death of teddy kennedy, much as I despised him in life. There's hope for you yet.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          "People all around me are celebrating and organising parties to cheer her death. "

          Hatred from enemies is a sign of greatness.

          "Personally, as much as her policies were evil, i can't and wont join in the celebration of someone's passing. "

          Because you're a dhimmi "Christian" and not yet a full-blown jihadi.

          "Looks like i'll be watching University Challenge alone tonight while all around me party."

          Wake up to the leftist sickness around you and take steps towards a free mind.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          "She was the ruination of many working class communities."

          The fact is that one of the most critical lessons about Britain that is almost universally ignored is that behind the decline of the 20th British civilization is the labor movement that ruined its economy. To say that they went too far with the power of the mob and communist ideals is understatement of the highest order.

          "I suggest you educate yourself and look it up and you'll realise why the working class revile her so much. "

          That is a piece of cake. It's communist lies that explain why idiots hate her.

          "But still, that doesn't excuse the current "Celebrations" at the news of her death."

          You're so noble. Ignorant and indoctrinated but underneath it all you really want to be noble, don't you? Welcome to reality. This is a dose of the sickness that drives modern politics on the left. It is what drives all of the lies that you help perpetuate.

          You are basically disgusted with a reflection of your own ideology. And you should be.

    • Mary Sue

      so you admit that people all around you are a bunch of commie libtards?

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "so you admit that people all around you are a bunch of commie libtards?"

        People his listens to with rapt attention on every other day.

    • UCSPanther

      You're a good argument for the purging of worthless areas of study (IE women's studies, liberal arts, revisionist history courses, etc) from institutions of higher learning…

  • Ar'nun

    Brilliant!!!

  • Viet Vet

    A great lady and leader, who knew full-well the dangers and moral bankruptcy of leftism/statism.

  • ziontruth

    Under her were Britain's last days of glory—the final vestige of greatness. Unfortunately, like Reagan she only provided her country with a brief respite against the resurgent forces of Marxist-Islamic darkness. If the mistake in 1980's America might be said to be the neglect to stall the Marxists from silently monopolizing the media outlets and education centers, Britain's was the failure to stop the fatal demographic error of accepting the replacement of the native population with immigrants who chose the easy way rather than solve their problems at home—and that's without mentioning the Islamic colonists among them.

    The warning is the same as can be seen all over the free world, from the U.S. of A. to the U.K., from India to Israel: Marxism destroys the national will to survive, Islam takes over from there; any nation that wishes to survive must criminalize Marxism (I'd prefer capital punishment for such high treason) and give all the invader-immigrants the boot. The state is supposed to be its nation's castle; any political movement not in alignment with that principle must be put outside the circle of legitimate politics and outlawed.

  • Rifleman

    Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan, and Pope John Paul freed more people than the Allies in WW2. The left will always hate them, but history will remember them much kinder than the left.

    • akreynin

      I am with you, my friend!

    • thomas_h

      "The left will always hate them, but history will remember them much kinder than the left."

      History remembers nothing.
      Or rather what, and how it, remembers, depends on who has the power to write it, to present it as truth and to effectively marginalize those who have different story to tell.
      The history of the West, of Christianity of America, of Israel, of Socialism, of Islam has, for more than half century now, been subjected to unrelenting revision of leftist falsifiers and its twisted propagandist version became the accepted "main stream" teaching dominating media and education sector of the Western countries.

      • Rifleman

        This is short term, with the passage of time we look back on history much different than they saw it then, and shortly thereafter. The observations and ideas of Cicero on the death of the Roman Republic survived for the Founding Fathers to quote and heed when they were establishing our Republic, and to become hauntingly familiar to us today. The leftists' narrative won't hold up over time, historians will believe the archeological evidence, and the American left can't destroy enough of that any more than the soviets could.

    • thomas_h

      To the site's administrator:

      What was the reason you decided to reject my recent comment? I can't think of anything there violating your guidelines. However, if you found something offensive there, could you please let me know what was it?

      respectfully,

      Thomas H.

  • BS77

    M. Thatcher RIP…..you were one of the last true English toughs…..you would be sickened to see what the liberal socialists have done to Britiain, now a hot house fo the flourishing plants of multiculturism, welfare statism, astronomical taxes and general malaise and decline……..England used to be master of the seas…the sun never set on the British Empire. Now look at it……pathetic.

  • JacksonPearson

    Margaret Thatcher is what Great Briton used to be.
    God Bless, Rest In Peace, and may the rest of your journey be in the hands of the Lord.

  • Thander Easton

    R.I.P Iron Lady…

  • Ghostwriter

    "The Honourable Gentlemen is saying that he would rather the poor would be poorer provided the rich were less rich…"
    That's a heck of a line.