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I just wonder how this looks as Mr Cameron, who was only too keen to completely distance himeself from Mrs Thatcher up to very recently. It does look rather shallow I'm afraid.

Good news! Hope the recent shift in emphasis has the great lady back on board.Really hope so.

Oh dear, the stunts return.

Great news. The huskies are enjoying themselves and sprinting as all the useless baggage is discarded. What chance we will see Letwin and Maude go flying soon and also the facing both ways policies on crime and immigration and tax and the EU.

You certainly have to be joking mark.
This elderly Lady may have short term memory problems but she knows the way Cameron is taking her beloved party and she does not like it.
I wondered how long it would take for Cameron to try and win her over after distancing himself from her for so long.
She however was a lady NEVER for turning and I do not see her altering her views now. I am quite certain a good many on this blog will agree with me on that.
She may be frail but she certainly is neither daft nor demented.

I can't help thinking the title should be changed to read "Thatcher has hour-long meeting with David Cameron"...

Is Mr C copying Mr B by meeting Mrs T?

What are you talking about Gordon? DC has met Margaret Thatcher before, and was there when her statue was unveiled. Not much to read into there.

Hmm, one can't help feeling he's only doing this because he was criticised in the past for ignoring her, rather than doing this because he actually admires her.

With Cleggy on the way fighting for the centre ground, I doubt Cameron will want to show himself off with Mrs. T for much longer.

Unfortunately, she will have forgotten meeting him - and what was said - by morning.

Very sad.

Are you sure that's true, Graham? I hear different accounts of Lady Thatcher's memory etc. Perhaps it's best that we don't speculate and pry too much.

"This elderly Lady may have short term memory problems but she knows the way Cameron is taking her beloved party and she does not like it.
I wondered how long it would take for Cameron to try and win her over after distancing himself from her for so long."

Much as I admire Lady Thatcher, I really think the idea that she's somehow greatly interested in influencing today's Tory Party is a bit far-fetched. An 82 year old in her condition probably looks on with a degree of indifference, realising her time has passed. I can't imagine the discussion involved any deep debate about ideological or strategic direction!

I'd like to remind everyone that Cameron always described himself as a "Thatcher fan", even on Newsnight.

He's never distanced himself from our most successful post-war Prime Minister. But he hasn't formed his policies around what she would do in the same position. Times move on, but her opinions are obviously worthwhile anyway.

On the contrary Mr B, most recent accounts suggest Baroness Thatcher is still very much interested in current affairs. I really can't think why you would suggest otherwise. What should an elderly former Prime-Minister 'in her condition' be talking to Brown and Cameron about -how many chaffinches visit her bird table? The price of rich tea biscuits?

I have not been keeping up to date with Thatcher's medical condition, but the fact that she is keeping up a very regular schedule of engagements suggests that any loss of memory she may have is extremely mild, and certainly not something which would deprive her of an opinion on either the state of the country or the state of the Tory party.

Simon, I never said she wasn't interested. I just don't believe she wants to influence things anymore. Most commentators stated that she would be too polite to refuse an invitation to Number 10 anyway. Whichever view you take, it's all speculation anyway, for all we know they could've discussed chaffinches!

Well, of course you are right, who knows what was said. With the state the country is in right now I certainly hope she had a few home truths for the bottler; I know I would have done.

Hopefully, she explained that you can't have economic stability without tax cuts.

Lady T was in the Commons for a special occasion to mark the history of the shadow cabinet rooms.

So what is more natural than that Mr Cameron should be at her side in attendance, he is the leader of what was her party. It would be unthinkable for him not to be there with her. It's as simple as that, no sucking up. We don't know what they talked about in fact, I don't mean to be rude to you Ed. but so far it's a half-baked story setting off the usual suspects.

I find myself consistently astounded at the influence which Mrs T holds over the party. Most people seem to see her aas the benchmark by which we should judge the Tory party since, when in actual fact she was a very atypical Conservative - some might say an aberration.

She fulfilled a crucial, timely and unique job, but we should let her be and concentrate on what needs to be done now, not in 1979.

Different policies are needed for different times - it's as simple as that. Margaret Thatcher set the country back on track so that we enjoy such economic wealth today.

Churchill did great things too, but we don't keep comparing Cameron with him. I think Maggie was our greatest PM, and her influence over this party will remain huge but, I think we need to look to Cameron and Osborne's policies to guarantee success in the future.

Wonderful to see she still keeps up with these public engagements.

I wonder what the Great Lady would make of Cameron's views on putting economic stability before tax cuts (though that seems to have changed a bit recently), taking an apocalyptic view of climate change, defending the NHS (which the Lady wanted to privatise), ruling out academic selection, signing up to Labour's pledge to abolish child poverty, splitting the proceeds of growth and so on. She had an angry look on her face when she visited Brown in number 10.

Well, what a predictable and shallow move. Having trashed her legacy, he know desperately tries to make up ground. He is as cynical and awful as I have always felt him to be. Thanks, Dave, for reminding me why I left and tore up my membership card last year adter 20 years in the Party.

Powellite - don't be astounded - it's called "collective guilt". If Julius Ceaser had not been stabbed the way he was, would anybody have remebered him?

Time has moved on since 1979, but so has Lady T. Her book was called 'Statecraft: Strategies for a changing world'. It's not like she still thinks it's time to tackle Arthur Scargyll. She is one of todays most provocative and highly persuasive political thinkers, as well as being our most successful PM of the 20th century. Sorry for being such a Maggie Arse-kisser; I just bloody love the woman.

Jock McMullen:If Julius Ceaser had not been stabbed the way he was, would anybody have remebered him?

Dodging the obvious Ming Campbell joke, a more considered response would be: conquering Gaul and, more importantly, writing a great book about it would have ensured that Caesar's name survived, and if we assume he retired gracefully to be succeeded by Octavian then "Caesar" would still have carried on to become synonymous with "emperor".

More interesting question: would anyone think anything much of JFK if he had not been assassinated? Hardly anyone remembers Garfield or McKinley

"Well, what a predictable and shallow move. Having trashed her legacy, he know desperately tries to make up ground. He is as cynical and awful as I have always felt him to be. Thanks, Dave, for reminding me why I left and tore up my membership card last year adter 20 years in the Party."

Did you really tear it up? Did you feel really strong? Why not use your real name if you are not a member?

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