Maggie Maggie Maggie, wanted out out out

8 May 2013

To Chelsea to hear Charles Moore lift the lid on his Thatcher biography. While the crowd at the Cadogan Hall loved the anecdotes and insight, it was Moore’s revelation that, in later life, it ‘became her view’ that Britain should leave the EU that pricked Steerpike’s ears.

Moore has expanded on this for tomorrow’s magazine: ‘I think it happened after the Maastricht Treaty in 1992’. So why did we not know this before she died? He claims that ‘advisers had persuaded her that she should not say this in public since it would have allowed her opponents to drive her to the fringes of public life.’ Not these days, though.

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So what are EU haters in the Tory party to do? Although ‘sceptical of counter-factual questions’ that ‘assume the characters do not change with the situation’, Moore told the crowd last night that he was confident Thatcher’s loyalty to the Tories triumphed over anything that could be considered ‘splittest’. ‘Though’, he added, ‘now we have a situation where we have a prospect of no one party winning the election, I don’t know what she would think.’ A dilemma faced by many on the right.

UPDATE This story makes page one of the Daily Telegraph and the splash of its Scottish edition (below):-



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  • William Reid Boyd

    “So why did we not know this before she died?” …

    Indeed. I do think Charles Moore should enlarge and elaborate.

  • Jim_Watford

    The E.U wasn’t anywhere near as bad during her time in office as it is now, I don’t blame her for doing nothing when in office, I am disappointed that she kept quiet later in life though.

  • MichtyMe

    Aye, but Maggie did the business when she destroyed the loonie anti Europe Foot Benn & co with their mad manifesto to exit. Her greatest legacy.

    • Wessex Man

      What legacy? She kept us in, campaigned to keep us in in the only referendum we have ever had, vote UKIP!

  • Lungs

    Can anybody tell us what the actual benefits of being in the EU are? If Cleggies soundbite on the news yesterday is the best anybody can come up with then surely its time to cut our losses and quit. The three reasons that seemed most important to him were, A/ . We can retrieve criminals from EU countries and ‘track them accross borders’ .

    B/. We can combat climate change

    C/. We’d lose three million jobs if Britain left.

    Apart from the fact that the three million figure is made up cobblers , I’m sure we could arrange something called an extradition treaty with the EU and ‘combating climate change’ is a spurious and pointless exercise designed to enrich landowners and push fuel bills through the roof. And it all sets us back eight billion quid a year. What is the point?

    • DBarry

      “Can anybody tell us what the actual benefits of being in the EU are”

      If you’re a politician, it means the possibility of a second career when the British public get tired of you and you’re voted out.

      Other than that, none, provided we pull out all the stops to trade with the rest of the world (which we should be doing anyway).

      • Patricia

        “If you’re a politician, it means the possibility of a second career when the British public get tired of you and you’re voted out.”

        You’ve got it in one.

    • Simon Morgan

      That 3 million jobs is definitely correct – they are all the EU commissioners representing our ‘interests’ over there….

  • joshuafalken

    UKIP if you want to, The Tories better start turning

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