You may have heard that Meryl Streep is set to play Margaret Thatcher in a film due out later this month. Whether the movie will depict Maggie fairly, I cannot say. What I do know is that the Iron Lady earned her title through an unmatched record of determination and strength, and I think now — more than ever — our country can find inspiration in what she did.
In the 1970s, Britain was a nation in decline. Its influence abroad was waning; its problems at home were mounting. Successive Conservative and Labour administrations had all but given up on returning the U.K. to its previous grandeur, and instead sought simply to lead the country gracefully toward a less prosperous future. The head of the civil service termed it “the orderly management of decline.”
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