TV Interview for BBC1 Val meets the VIPs (too inexperienced to be Prime Minister)
|Document kind:||TV Interview|
|Source:||Thatcher Archive: transcript (extract)|
|Journalist:||Valerie Singleton, BBC, chairing|
|Editorial comments:||Extract only. 1230-1730 "Lunch and recording at the BBC" (appointment diary). MT answered questions from a studio audience made up of children. The programme was broadcast on 7 March.|
|Themes:||Autobiographical comments, Leadership, Women, Famous statements by MT|
[Question paraphrased] Good to see a woman Prime Minister?
I think it depends on who the person is. I don't think there will be a woman Prime Minister in my lifetime. And I don't think it depends so much on whether it's a man Prime Minister or a woman Prime Minister as whether that person is the right person for the job at that time. And it's very difficult to foresee what may happen many, many years ahead.
[Question paraphrased] Prejudice or ...
Not wholly ...
[Question paraphrased] ... or because women don't desire to become Prime Minister?
... let's be. It's not wholly prejudice, let's be fair. I don't think we have enough women with the same range of experience in politics as men have had. And it is important, whoever becomes Prime Minister, that they've had quite a wide range of experience in top political jobs. And we haven't yet worked up sufficient women ...[fo 1]
[Question paraphrased] Graham Hill said last week women not aggressive enough to be grand prix drivers. Not the reason on- ack of aggression in women?
I wouldn't say that I was guilty of lack of aggression sometimes.
[Question paraphrased] Roger, would you like woman Prime Minister?
[Question paraphrased] Don't know. Would be new thing. Might change some ideas. Depends on whose side and experience.
[Question paraphrased] You wouldn't mind voting for a woman when you are old enough?
[Question paraphrased] If suitable for the job.
But Roger, there are one or two women Prime Ministers in other countries of course, in India, in Israel, and in Ceylon. They've got women Prime Ministers, and seem to have done quite well with women Prime Ministers, so I don't think we've failed as a sex.[fo 2]
[Question paraphrased] If given chance to be PM, do you enough?
(Laughs) My goodness me, it's a pretty penetrating question, isn't it? I would not wish to be Prime Minister, dear. I have not enough experience for that job. The only full ministerial position I've held is Minister of Education and Science. Before you could even think of being Prime Minister, you'd need to have done a good deal more jobs than that.
Mrs. Thatcher, thank you very much indeed for being our guest today.