Much will be written today, and in the coming days, about the period of office that began 30 years ago today. Some from those who worked with Margaret Thatcher, served in her Governments, or in the case of some newspaper commentators from people who were members of the Labour Party or the SDP when Margaret Thatcher began her spell in Number Ten.
I count myself as being very fortunate to know Lady Thatcher well. A few years ago I was sitting next to her at dinner and a fellow guest asked her, "How do you know Conor?" She replied, "Oh, we´ve been friends for years!¨ To know her is an honour.
I thought I might just reflect on two of her qualities that remain as true today as they ever were: her modesty and her authenticity.
One of the things about Margaret Thatcher is that she did not really care much about the trappings of power. Yes she loved Chequers and still becomes animated when talking about her time there. But she is as likely to reflect on the opportunity it gave her to study vast reports and convene seminar groups on long term policy with experts and advisers as she is to talk about the beautiful gardens or the Great Hall. For her, office was a means of doing something not being someone.