Margaret Thatcher – The Iron Lady

This image and words above by David Perry remind me of the film The Iron Lady which I recently watched. There was much talk on its release that it majored on the dementia of Margaret Thatcher rather than the power she had in her prime. Whilst dementia plays its part in the plot another key element is the grief Margaret felt on losing her husband Dennis. Dennis never seemed to enjoy the limelight but was clearly a strong and stable companion throughout her political career. The imaginary conversations with her husband the film showed came to a closure for Margaret in the washing of the tea cup at the end of the film. An acceptance not only of the loss of Dennis but also a peace of where she now found herself. Perhaps the words of Saint Francis she quoted outside 10 Downing Street on becoming Prime Minister played a part in her latter years to bring contentment.

Where there is discord, may we bring harmony. Where there is error, may we bring truth. Where there is doubt, may we bring faith. And where there is despair, may we bring hope.

If people haven’t seen the film then I can highly recommend it. Also if you are going through grief and loss yourself perhaps the image and words from David Perry above will give a little hope if you feel the gloom of despair is upon you.

I will be reverting back to a theme from Greenbelt tomorrow.


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