I am currently reading Margaret Thatcher’s autobiography and no matter what people may think about her there is no denying that she was an incredible woman who had a remarkable life. Just reading about all her achievements and accomplishments pales my own life into insignificance and I can sense my inferiority complex growing deeper with each chapter. However, since we are completely different people with completely different upbringings and experiences of the world, I think that at the end of the day we are quite incomparable. So, I won’t beat myself up about it for too long, besides there are others willing to do that.
Here is a taster of what Maggie has to say about her time spent in the Shadow Cabinet of Ted Heath’s Conservative Party:
‘I didn’t make a particularly important contribution to the Shadow Cabinet. Nor was I asked to do so. For Ted and perhaps others I was principally there as the statutory woman whose main task was to explain what ‘women’ – Kiri Te Kanawa, Barbara Cartland, Esther Rantzen, Stella Rimmington and all the rest of our uniform, undifferentiated sex were likely to think and want on troublesome issues.’
(To be fair, it’s not all as delightful reading as this.)
To cut a long story short: