After all the debate, hype and controversy it has fallen to the Bishop of London to pull together the life of Mrs T and to bring out the human being that has been obscured by the –ism, the mythmakers and the critics.
In a magnificent sermon at St Paul’s Cathedral, Richard Chartres pulled off the almost impossible task of successfully summing her life up, reminding us of her humanity and explaining to us the fundamental importance of her Christian faith. He did so without quibbling about or endorsing any of her politics, but paid tribute to the courage and conviction she demonstrated throughout her public life.
Central to that human being was Christian faith. These days it is not fashionable or comfortable to talk about personal faith in the public square. The Bishop reminded us that Mrs T did not shy away from doing so. He drew out her qualities of personal kindness and thoughtfulness.