April 8, 2013 |
When I met Margaret Thatcher , she was out of office, watching with more than a touch of amusement as her successor, John Major, meandered from crisis to disappointment to sticky wicket. Major seemed in thrall to events, not in command of them. Thatcher, who had been ousted by her own Conservative Party, was feeling vindicated. She leaned close to deliver a final verdict on Major: "If only he were a man . " Thatcher was a towering but polarizing figure. Many aspects of her legacy — the transformation of Britain into a...
November 8, 2012 |
They lose and immediately the chorus begins . Republicans must change or die. A rump party of white America, it must adapt to evolving demographics or forever be the minority. The only part of this that is even partially true regards Hispanics. They should be a natural Republican constituency: striving immigrant community, religious, Catholic, family-oriented and socially conservative (on abortion, for example). The principal reason they go Democratic is the issue of illegal immigrants.
April 8, 2013 |
Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, the grocer's daughter whose overpowering personality, bruising political style and free-market views transformed Britain and transfixed America through the 1980s, died Monday after a stroke, her spokesman said in a statement. She was 87. The first woman to lead a major Western power, Mrs. Thatcher served 11 1 / 2 uninterrupted years in office before stepping down Nov. 28, 1990, making her the longest-serving British prime minister of...
April 10, 2012 |
TOKYO — South Korea's two largest political parties have both tried recently to reinvent themselves. The liberal party merged with a smaller faction, changed its name and revamped its leadership. The ruling conservative party came up with a name change of its own, promised an end to corruption scandals and vowed to "earn the public trust. " The rebranding attempts played to widespread voter concerns about the political crookedness — rampant cronyism, bribery and, more recently,...
March 29, 2012 |
LONDON — Americans watching the latest push for social change in Britain might feel as if they had stepped into an alternate political universe: Here, the Conservatives are leading the charge for same-sex marriage. Gay couples in Britain won the right to civil partnerships in 2004, which granted them nearly the same legal status as married heterosexual couples while avoiding the controversial use of the word "marriage. " But Prime Minister David Cameron and his Conservative-led coalition have launched a...
March 8, 2008 |
Francis Pym, an antagonist of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher's who served as her foreign secretary during the Falklands War, died Friday, his family said in London. Lord Pym, 86, had a long illness, but no specific cause of death was reported. Lord Pym served as defense secretary in Thatcher's first term as prime minister. In 1982, he was elevated to foreign secretary during the Falkland Islands war after the resignation of Peter Carrington. Thatcher fired Lord Pym after winning the 1983...