Last week the Guardian reported that Margaret Thatcher would not be meeting Sarah Palin when she visits the UK later this year. The Guardian reporter wrote that ‘an ally’ had told him ‘Lady Thatcher will not be seeing Sarah Palin. That would be belittling for Margaret. Sarah Palin is nuts’.
The comment was quickly exposed to be a lie by Nile Gardner of the Thatcher Foundation, via the Daily Telegraph and today by the National Review.
The irony is that the story probably only had legs due to the fact that a sexist man had written that another (implied male) had said a woman was nuts, even though that woman has achieved far more in American politics than any other woman bar Hilary Clinton. Whenever a man states a woman is nuts, mad or barking, it is believable and obviously must be true as the superior of the species has deemed it so and therefore, hail, a Guardian story is born, albeit a fictitious one.
The fact is that Margaret is 85 and frail. Her time as Prime Minister and her relentless working hours have obviously taken their toll. She missed her own birthday party at No10 earlier in the year and we had to celebrate without her. I would imagine that a decision regarding whether or not to meet with an American Presidential Candidate (as Palin may shortly be) would need to be taken on the morning of the intended day. That’s all, nothing more complicated than that.
In the meantime, the story has been run across the pond in an attempt to damage Palin, which in itelf demonstrates that there is a great deal of fear and worry around her possible bid for the nomination. This woman has a proven track record of success which every potential candidate should be afraid of.