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“In politics, if you want anything said ask a man, if you want anything done ask a woman.” - Margaret Thatcher as MP for Finchley in 1965.

“I don't think there will be a woman prime minister in my lifetime.” – Thatcher the education secretary in 1973

"I want my money back!" - Thatcher at the European Union summit in Dublin in 1980

“To me, consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies. So it is something in which no one believes and to which no one objects.” - Monash University, 1981

“I have made it quite clear — and so did Mr Prior when he was Secretary of State for Northern Ireland — that a unified Ireland was one solution. That is out. A second solution was confederation of two states. That is out. A third solution was joint authority. That is out. That is a derogation from sovereignty.” - After Anglo-Irish Summit, 1984

“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.” - Speech to Conservative Central Council, 1986

“There is no such thing as society. There is living tapestry of men and women and people and the beauty of that tapestry and the quality of our lives will depend upon how much each of us is prepared to take responsibility for ourselves and each of us prepared to turn round and help by our own efforts those who are unfortunate”. - Woman’s Own magazine, 1987,

“A world without nuclear weapons may be a dream but you cannot base a sure defence on dreams. Without far greater trust and confidence between East and West than exists at present, a world without nuclear weapons would be less stable and more dangerous for all of us.” - The Kremlin, 1987

“The President of the Commission, Mr. Delors, said at a press conference the other day that he wanted the European Parliament to be the democratic body of the Community, he wanted the Commission to be the Executive and he wanted the Council of Ministers to be the Senate. No. No. No.” - House of Commons, 1990

 “I fight on, I fight to win.” - Downing Street, 1990


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