"History is not what you thought. It is what you can remember." (Sellars & Yeatman)
A stray memory of Margaret Thatcher's time in power. Lord Carrington pointed out that:
"Mugabe is 'E, ba gum' spelt backwards."
I do not mourn Margaret Thatcher, though I have come to admire her in fairly many ways and am very deeply moved by her death, as all Englishmen of a certain age are, but I shall mourn Lord Carrington very much when he meets the Grim Reaper. Long life to his Lordship.
All this public malevolence displayed towards Lady Thatcher back in England is in very deplorable taste, of course, and very uncharitable but it is marvellously 18th century and a celebration of freedom which is very threatened nowadays - politicians are not protected by hate speech legislation thank God. But riots and looting, though also 18th century, are not a joke, though they do underline Margaret Thatcher's greatness - these are her enemies in public view. As she said after the Brixton riots of 1981,
Oh the poor shopkeepers.