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1951 Feb 6 Tu
Margaret Thatcher

Speech to Dartford Rotary

Document type:public statement
Document kind:Speech
Venue:Dartford, Kent
Source:Erith Observer, 23 February 1951
Journalist:-
Editorial comments:Evening.
Importance ranking:Minor
Word count:254
Themes:Conservatism, Defence (general), Foreign policy (Asia)

‘THE AGE WE LIVE IN’

Miss Roberts Guest of Round Table

Miss Margaret Roberts was the guest speaker at an informal ladies' night held by Dartford and District Round Table on February 6. It took the form of a normal Table meeting, and was the second of its kind to which members entertained their ladies, who were welcomed by Mr. Potts.

Miss Roberts, who was introduced by the chairman, Mr. Farr, entitled her talk "The Age We Live in," and pointed out that the great progress made in the last half-century had brought discontent rather than happiness in its train. The age was one of transition between two worlds, one dead, the other powerless to be born.

In speaking of the international situation Miss Roberts said that they need only fear if they were so regardless of their freedom as to take it for granted. She pointed out that the country had faced and surmounted equally challenging situations in the past.

On a national level the speaker emphasised the importance of the individual, and suggested that more courage and confidence in the future would serve better than the cynicism and depair so prevalent to-day. She expressed the belief that the best basis on which to build was to concentrate on good up-bringing, good teachers, and selfless service in local and national government, in all of which the ideals of Round Table could play an important part.

Miss Roberts was thanked by Mr. Hewett, and presented with a bouquet.