Margaret Thatcher—Exit the Iron Lady

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Margaret Thatcher—Exit the Iron Lady

Not since Winston Churchill had Britain known a leader of her caliber. Now the Iron Lady is dead, and the age of true leadership in Britain dies with her.

Controversy was but a stimulus for her to stick even more strongly to her moral and political convictions. Margaret Thatcher came from a family that was embedded in the old traditions and the heritage that once made Britain Great Britain.

Her moral stance was biblically based. Her personal habits of thrift and hard work stemmed from a sound schooling by her father in the basic, conservative approach to running the family business, two Grantham Village grocery stores.

It is interesting to note that Britain’s initial launching into its period of greatness, its consummation as the greatest empire in history, and its latter-day revival from being “the sick man of Europe” economically to being a tour de force in the dismantling of the Soviet Union, were all accomplished under the influence of strong women leaders.

The leadership of the formidable Queen Elizabeth i at the time of the defeat of the Spanish Armada laid the groundwork for Britain’s dominance of the seas and its future imperial power.

Queen Victoria reigned over the British Empire throughout its period of greatness, giving the Crown the stability to be an icon of imperial greatness during the time of Pax Britannica, the century of world peace overseen by the British Empire.

In the latter half of the 20th century, the rise of Margaret Thatcher in the political ranks of the Conservatives in Britain primed her for her role as a three-term prime minister.

Between the time of her election in 1979 and her forced resignation from the office of prime minister in 1990, Mrs. Thatcher’s economic policies transformed the British economy from its 1970s state of listless drifting to one of the strongest of global economies.

nato Secretary General Anders Fog Rasmussen summed up Mrs. Thatcher’s leadership of Britain in the following terms: “Baroness Thatcher was an extraordinary politician who was a staunch defender of freedom, a powerful advocate of nato and the transatlantic bond. She strongly supported nato values and principles, believed in a strong defense and played a leading role in ending the Cold War. Throughout her tenure as British prime minister, Margaret Thatcher stood on principle and showed great courage, vision and leadership” (nato press release, April 8).

I last saw Mrs. Thatcher some years ago at Oklahoma University. She was there to receive an honorary doctorate in recognition of her political achievements.

There she stood on stage with the gathered dignitaries, dressed in a smart, feminine-cut dark blue suit, complete with her trademark handbag. Mrs. Thatcher shunned the more manly garb of latter-day female leaders intent on trying to identify with their male peers by wearing pants.

The Iron Lady impressed by lustily singing along with the gathered assembly every single word of the American anthem.

In August 1982, Herbert Armstrong met Mrs. Thatcher at 10 Downing Street, the prime ministerial residence. Their parting comments to each other following a half-hour meeting were reiterated by Mr. Armstrong in an address to his supporters in Pasadena, California, on Nov. 27, 1982.

Commenting on that meeting, Mr. Armstrong went on to reiterate, “As we were leaving, she said, ‘Well, there’s one thing. Our two countries, the United States and Britain, must absolutely continue to hang together.’ And I said, ‘If they don’t hang together, they’ll probably hang separately.’”

Perhaps a harbinger of that “hanging” was, shortly after the present U.S. president came to office, the current U.S. administration’s returning to Britain of the bust of Winston Churchill. During earlier presidencies that symbol of historic British greatness was given pride of place in the Oval Office at the White House.

Bible prophecy predicts that the “hanging” will consummate under a particular geopolitical phenomenon predicted by Mrs. Thatcher.

Sometime after Britain had signed up to the Maastricht Treaty that was to chart the course to dominance by Germany in Europe, Mrs. Thatcher gave a very clear explanation of her reaction.

At a meeting with Francois Mitterrand, George H.W. Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev in 1995, Mrs. Thatcher declared: “I was opposed to German unification from early on for the obvious reasons. To unify Germany would make her the dominant nation in the European community. They are powerful, and they are efficient.”

Addressing Bush and Gorbachev, she continued: “Mitterrand and I know. We have sat there at the table [with Germany] very often indeed. Germany will use her power. She will use the fact that she is the largest contributor to Europe to say, ‘Look, I put more money in than anyone else, and I must have my way on things which I want.’ I have heard it several times. And I have heard the smaller countries agree with Germany because they hoped to get certain subsidies. The German Parliament would not ratify the Maastricht Treaty unless the central bank for a single currency was based there. What did the European Union say? Yes, you shall have it.”

Thatcher then said, “All this is flatly contrary to all my ideals. Some people say you have to anchor Germany to Europe to stop these features from coming out again. Well, you have not anchored Germany to Europe, but Europe to a newly dominant Germany. That is why I call it a German Europe.”

How prescient were those words!

Almost two decades later, Europe is subject to this actual reality—sheer dominance economically, financially and politically by Germany!

The Iron Lady was right.

Now, hardly a whimper is raised by those in power in Britain as they see the sovereignty of EU nations being destroyed by the Germanic-dominated monolith that the European Union has become.

Though the realists know that D-day for a decision on the continuance of Britain’s EU membership approaches, the government still has not the courage to take the issue to the public in a referendum. Yet Bible prophecy indicates that whether it withdraws or whether its membership is nullified by actions from the Rome/Berlin axis, Britain will be no part of the ultimate 10-power combine prophesied to dominate Europe in the very near future (Revelation 17:12).

The Iron Lady is dead.

With her dies the final slice of real, courageous British political leadership. That quality of Britishness will not return—ever! Your Bible says so.

In fact, it is destined to be replaced by a far better quality—the perfect character of the very One who gave Britain its greatness from the beginning—having no connection with earthly politics.

Read our book The United States and Britain in Prophecy for an astounding exposé of the true history of Britain and the future of greatness that yet awaits its peoples.