Alan Bennett and the Great Colossus of Our Age, Margaret Thatcher _ Mail Online

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Thatcher was such an idiot, her colleagues tried to assassinate her. Unwilling to spend £10 million for a frigate to warn off the Argentinians, she caused an expensive and bloody war that could have been avoided. Read Chancellor Nigel Lawson's autobiography for her ignorance of financial matters. The media turned the bungling cow into a colossus in order to save the NWO feminist agenda, which is central to the break up of the modern family.
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  A false icon... and a real one: How AlanBennett showed his sneering, subversiveattitude in yesterday's Radio 4 attack on thegreat colossus of our age, Lady Thatcher  By James Delingpole PUBLISHED:  00:05, 31 December 2013 | UPDATED:  07:51, 31 December 2013 To many he's a national treasure. But AlanBennett's attack on Lady T is a part of asneering, subversive attitude in much of hiswork  Alan Bennett — to use that old cliche — is a national treasure, of that there is little doubt. At least, that is the view held by the many who will have thought it a treat to hear, on yesterday's Radio 4Today programme, the familiar cadences of arguably our greatest living Yorkshireman lent to another of our cherished institutions: the shipping forecast.'....German Bight. South west six to gale eight becoming cyclonic, storm ten to hurricane force 12 for atime. Rough or very rough...'  Alan Bennett is a national treasure but was capable of making mistakes The tone was vintage Bennett: wry, bittersweet, mournful but spiked with just a hint of twinkly, campmischief.It could just as well have been an excerpt from children's classic The Wind In The Willows he wasreading, rather than the daily bulletin that for years has been so vital to the lives of sailors around our island nation.This is probably why presenter James Naughtie had to warn: 'If you're on a ship, please don't worry.' (Itwasn't the actual forecast, but one from two months ago.)For many, Bennett is the embodiment of so much that we love about our country. He is as English asplain-talking old ladies as played by Thora Hird, grammar schools, the Queen and Toad of Toad Hall.Bennett, the Leeds-born son of a Co-op butcher, made England and the English his special subject rightfrom the start of his charmed career, first in the early Sixties, as an Oxbridge satirist with Beyond TheFringe, then as an acclaimed playwright with Forty Years On (set in a British boarding school).The Madness Of King George and The History Boys, about a group of sixth-formers preparing for Oxbridge entrance exams, were West End and Broadway hits and successful films.He charmed readers, too, with well-loved books such as The Uncommon Reader, which imagines theQueen joining a lending library. Whether as playwright, screenwriter, author or raconteur, his 50 years inthe entertainment business have been remarkably short on flops.  For all his success, though, even the great man is capable of making mistakes.One of them, perhaps, was his decision to have excerpts from his 2013 diary published in the left-leaning magazine the London Review Of Books.While some of these diary entries will do his reputation as a lovable eccentric no harm at all — puttinghis clothes on over his pyjamas to keep warm, musing on the Roman practice of crucifying tigers, nearlybeing conned by a burglar at his London home — others leave a rather nastier taste in the mouth.Here, for example, is what he has to say on April 17, the day of Margaret Thatcher's funeral: 'MrsThatcher was a mirthless bully and should have been buried, as once upon a time monarchs used to be,in the depths of night.'Of course, Bennett is entitled to his own political opinions, especially when they are confided to hisprivate diary. But when that diary is printed in the London Review Of Books, those private thoughtsbecome public. And since, presumably, those extracts were published with the author's prior agreement, it seems notunreasonable to assume that Bennett is quite proud of them. Or, at least, not embarrassed by them.But the light such words cast on his insights and personality is very unflattering.  The playright seen reading AA Milne's book The House at Pooh Corner on Jackanory His main reason for disliking Margaret Thatcher, it appears, is that she had no sense of humour.This clearly irks him almost beyond measure. He writes: 'In fact to have no sense of humour is to be aseriously flawed human being. It's not a minor shortcoming; it shuts you off from humanity.'Well maybe it does, to a degree. And you can certainly see why this flaw might be a problem for, say, for a comedy sketchwriter.But are we really to believe that Margaret Thatcher would have been better able to recapture theFalklands if she'd cracked a few more General Galtieri jokes in the Cabinet War Room? Do we think shewould have defeated the striking miners more quickly, if only she could have done a better Arthur Scargill impression?
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