Speeches, Interviews & Other Statements

Margaret Thatcher

Statement on the death of James Callaghan ("a formidable opponent")

Document type: Speeches, interviews, etc.
Venue: London
Source: Thatcher Archive
Editorial comments:
Importance ranking: Major
Word count: 48 words
Themes: Labour Party & socialism, Leadership

Jim Callaghan was a formidable opponent, one who could best me across the dispatch box.

In other circumstances he would have been a successful prime minister.

He was a superb party manager.

Despite our disagreements, I always respected him because I knew he was moved by deep patriotism.