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1968 Apr 4 Th
Margaret Thatcher

Speech to Finchley Conservative Women

Document type: Speeches, interviews, etc.
Venue: The Firs Hall, 890 Green Lane, N21
Source: Finchley Press, 12 April 1968
Editorial comments: Lord Balniel was the guest speaker, MT replying to the toast. Under the heading "The Things They Say", the Finchley Press also reported MT saying, "What is the use of talking to a midwife about productivity?"
Importance ranking: Minor
Word count: 325

Resign call to Socialists at Tory lunch


In a scathing attack on Socialism, Lord Balniel, M.P. for Hertford and a member of the Shadow Cabinet, called for the resignation of this “irrelevant, incompetent, and inefficient Government” at the Finchley and Friern Barnet Conservative Association Woman's Advisory Committee luncheon held at Firs Hall, Winchmore Hill, on Thursday last week.

In a serious review of the political scene, Lord Balniel declared; “We have been living in political turmoil. The last three or four weeks have been weeks I do not think this country will ever forget. No one who lived through them will erase them from their memory.

“Two weeks ago we were as close to the precipice of total economic collapse as we were in the 1920's.”

World issues such as the gold rush and the American balance of payments all stemmed indirectly from devaluation.

But devaluation and broken promises were not the worst crimes the Government have committed. By far the greatest is the disillusionment they have spread, which has been reflected throughout the Parliamentary process. People have lost faith in politics and democracy.


In reply Mrs. Margaret Thatcher, M.P, spoke of the present situation as “the kind of tyranny the countries of the Iron Curtain are trying to escape from.

“The Government's policy,” she said, “is when in doubt tax the people.”

In a toast to the guests, Mrs. Margaret Tiplady reminded the association that it is ten years since Mrs. Thatcher was chosen as prospective candidate for Finchley and Friern Barnet.

Chairman for the luncheon was Mrs. Winifred Mackrill who, in a short speech, urged the members of the woman's advisory committee to be fired with enthusiasm for the forth-coming local elections and to do their part in fighting for the Conservative cause.