The Bronze Lady
Baroness Thatcher, at the great age of 81, who some jolly Wikipedia joker only recently had buried prematurely, has unveiled a statue inside the Houses of Parliament of herself last February 23rd -- an honour often not accorded even to titans of British politics, let alone in their lifetimes.
Made of solid bronze, she was overheard quipping, "They should have made it of iron".
Heh, quite right too, Maggie.
Her likeness joins that of another controversial, tempestuous British premier, who let it never be forgot, failed to win re-election in 1945 despite nearly single-handedly embodying the bulldog spirit which helped Britain to win that devastating war, Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill.
But that's all right.
Today, he is regarded as one of the greatest Britons to ever live, and has top billing in any 20th century polling without question -- and long after voting booths mean nothing, so will Margaret Thatcher be regarded as one of the greatest Prime Ministers our nation ever had.
Here is the rather sour-tongued announcement of the statue unveiling in the English translation from Russian news agency, Regnum.
The bronze statue with the height of 2.24 m is erected at the House of Commons’ lobby, in front of a monument to former Prime Minister Winston Churchill. The statue with her right arm outstretched, show the first female prime minister as though she is addressing the House of Commons.
Love it! Slightly over 4 lines! Even in the Russian version. Pravda would've been proud.
Their poor country is in shambles due to almost three-quarters of a century's worth of evil on their own people, and the UK faces challenges, of course, but is stronger and more economically vibrant than ever -- and great thanks must go to Margaret Thatcher for that very fact.
One thing though.
Winston's statue graces the Member's Lobby directly leading into the Commons Chamber, and consequently, many a person has rubbed his tenacious toe as they entered this hall -- for good luck.
Including yours truly.
As you can see, like so many other statues which have had this sentimental and superstitious treatment, that spot has worn nearly clean away.
But of course, this begs the rather indelicate question...
What, if any part, will people rub on Lady Thatcher's statue? Perhaps a sense of delicacy will overcome even the rowdy MPs.
After all, it just wouldn't do to cop a feel on the redoubtable Iron Lady.
P.S.: I forgot to mention that my cousin Maudie emailed me this story last week, knowing how I feel about this lady premier to end all lady premiers (pace Dr. Merkel and Golda Meir).
But such is the British character that pompousness doesn't go unchallenged for long, even when it is we who are being pompous in the process.
"Do you know what they say she's pointing to?"
"The way to a better, more glorious future for Britain?"
"No. The ladies."