Today on radio former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser was asked about his impressions of Lady Thatcher's time as Prime Minister of Britain. He offered his opinions freely and seemingly honestly. One of the most interesting things he mentioned was Rhodesia. This may strike a chord with a certain reader of my blog, and so I hope I have the details correct.
It seemed like an anathema, as while Fraser was oppressing Australian workers and behaving as conservative politicians usually do, I agreed with him on his stance about Rhodesia. He was pro independence, pro Robert Mugabe and anti Ian Smith. Thatcher was a supporter of Smith and the colonial vestige of Rhodesia. In no uncertain terms Fraser told her that she was on a road to nowhere and she needed to rethink her view, and she did.
Neither myself, Thatcher or Fraser could have imagined the country Zimbabwe and its leader Mugabe would turn out so badly.
And then there was the Falkland Islands. 97% of the residents wanted to remain English and Thatcher went to war about possession of the Islands. While it may have been a bit like our ex PM Howard's children overboard moment, an election winner, I think it was the right thing for her to do. That is about the best I can say about the woman who so divided England.