Man can do what he wills but he cannot will what he wills — Arthur Schopenhauer
She stood before the Parliament and said “No, no, no.”
It wasn’t going to happen on her watch. And it didn’t.
With the Euro in crisis today, no doubt her long time critics are keeping their mouth shut on that subject. She has been proven right, but no doubt her numerous critics on both sides of the aisle won’t give her credit on that, except they had to acknowledge that she had an Iron Will.
Yes, the Iron Lady. And many didn’t mean it as a complimentary sobriquet.
“Severities should be dealt out all at once, so that their suddenness may give less offense; benefits ought to be handed ought drop by drop, so that they may be relished the more.” – Niccolo Machiavelli
Lady Margaret Thatcher, a Fieldmarshal Rational, had that Iron Will. A Will necessary to revive Britain from it’s obvious decline. And the Will to continue with the British Pound Sterling, despite huge pressure from those who wanted Britain to be an integral part of the European Union.
As a reviewer of Claire Berlinski biography of Thatcher has said:
Berlinski starts in just the right way, demonstrating that the Britain in which Thatcher rose to power was an entirely different country from Britain today. The standard of living had fallen behind that of Italy and France and far behind that of West Germany. Unemployment and inflation had become chronic. Strikes cost millions of work days each year. “London,” Berlinski writes, “was dreary and sullen. Throughout Britain, people looked ragged and worn-down.” A nation that within living memory had commanded an empire and defeated Hitler had grown shabby, ugly, dirty, and poor.
Thatcher, the daughter of a greengrocer, believed she could change that, succeeding where a long line of Conservative grandees had failed. “She’s not your ordinary, worldweary, pompous, self-important, thinking-inside-the-box, slightly defeatist, pragmatic, cautious, Tory politician,” John Hoskyns, the businessman who became one of Thatcher’s closest advisers, tells Berlinski. Hoskyns showed Thatcher a diagram displaying Britain’s countless ills–a hopeless tangle of causes and effects. “What the diagram really said,” Hoskyns explains, “is that if [you were] going to change anything, [you had] to change everything.” Thatcher understood, realizing, as Hoskyns puts it, “that something terrible [had] to be done.”
Breaking the Unions did not endear many of Britain’s population to her. Even after more than two decades she left 10 Downing Street, she evokes anger in many at the mere mention of her name.
Her political philosophy and economic policies emphasised deregulation (particularly of the financial sector), flexible labour markets, the privitisation of state-owned companies, and reducing the power and influence of trade unions. In her first years in office Thatcher’s popularity waned amid recession and high unemployment; then economic recovery and the 1982 Falklands War brought a resurgence of support, resulting in her re-election in 1983. Thatcher was re-elected for a third term in 1987. [Wikipedia]
She had opposed using the Euro instead of the Sterling, but her support of a VAT (Value Added Tax) made her even more unpopular, so she resigned. But not before the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact, and she had restored some lustre and life into that ragged British Union Jack.
When in charge of an organization, whether in the military, business, education, or government, Fieldmarshals more than any other type desire (and generally have the ability) to visualize where the organization is going, and they seem able to communicate that vision to others. Their organizational and coordinating skills tends to be highly developed, which means that they are likely to be good at systematizing, ordering priorities, generalizing, summarizing, marshaling evidence, and at demonstrating their ideas. [Please Understand Me II]
Nothing is more obstinate than a fashionable consensus. – Margaret Thatcher