Chris Selley: MPs need to grow a spine and speak their minds

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On Wednesday in London, the British House of Commons considered a motion, moved by Prime Minister David Cameron, that “this House has considered the matter of tributes to the Right Hon. Baroness Thatcher.”

The tributes flowed not just from Conservatives. As he has done before, Opposition Leader David Ed Miliband [ahem, sorry -CS] conceded that Margaret Thatcher was right about many things that enraged his predecessors, not least her basic economic outlook.

“She was right to understand the sense of aspiration felt by people across the country, and she was right to recognize that our economy needed to change,” Mr. Miliband said. “She said in 1982: ‘How absurd it will seem in a few years’ time that the state ran Pickfords removals and the Gleneagles Hotel.’ She was right.”

All very nice, all very eloquent. But this is Margaret Thatcher we’re talking about here, snatcher of milk from children’s lunches…

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