Pressylta ReduxPress. Media. Chark. GAIS. You know it makes sense.

Mrs T igen

Categories: Brittiskt allmänt
Monday, May 6, 2013

Ämnet är värt att återvända till bara för detta: Andrew O’Hagans lysande text om Thatcher i NYRB:

She couldn’t hold the nation together, indeed she drove it apart, and that is because she didn’t really believe in the nation except as a sentimental or martial entity. That’s the strangest legacy of all about Maggie: if you listen to those who loved her and thought she was manifestly right, you find, after a while, that you are with people who don’t know their own country and don’t like it either. They think they like it because they don’t like Europe, but in fact, they abjure both. They like their own lives, of course, and their own kind, but they imagine the rest of Britain is mainly an unspeakable place of aliens and scroungers. This feeling borrows heavily from Thatcher and her notion that there is no such thing as society. We heard it recently from George Osborne, the chancellor of the exchequer, when he spoke about people who are dependent on housing benefits, and you can find the same stuff every day in those apocalyptic screeds against the poor that adorn the Daily Mail.

One Response to “Mrs T igen”

  1. Ja, på kornet – och det säger förmodligen också en del om varför hon vann en sådan uppskattning i Amerika, eller bland svenska muffare – hon gestaltar en bild av att England *egentligen* är (bör vara) som Texas. Minus den mest hejdlösa utlevelsen och flashigheten då.

Leave a Reply

Links






Pre-Wordpress Archives


September 2008
Augusti 2008
Juli 2008
Juni 2008
Maj 2008
April 2008
Mars 2008
Februari 2008
Januari 2008
December 2007
November 2007
Oktober 2007
September 2007
Augusti 2007
Juli 2007
Juni 2007
Maj 2007
April 2007
Mars 2007
Februari 2007
Januari 2007
December 2006
November 2006
Oktober 2006
September 2006
Augusti 2006
Juli 2006
Juni 2006
Maj 2006
April 2006
Mars 2006
Februari 2006
Januari 2006
December 2005
November 2005
Oktober 2005
September 2005
Augusti 2005
Juli 2005
Juni 2005
November-december 2004