There have been a number of reviews - one from Lindsay Mitchell and this excellent and detailed review from one Rick Richman of Pajamas Media. It would seem Meryl Streep may be in line for an Oscar.
Mr Richman quotes from and shows videos of a number of Lady Thatcher's speeches. Of particular interest and relevance for New Zealand today was a speech given in 1977 when Britain was at it's economic nadir - almost broken apart by recalcitrant and greedy trade unions.
I think John Key must have read and studied this almost Churchillian speech. The speech was full of optimism and contains an illumination of her political success on the one hand and the irrelevance of the knuckle draggers from the uber-right who, ironically, tirelessly quote Thatcher as their Goddess of slash and burn. Clearly none of them ever read this most revealing speech. Had they done so, they might have learned that Lady Thatcher, like John Key, understood the value of 'taking the people with her.' Not for her the clumsy thuggery of Helen Clark with her axing of appeals to the Privy Council and her notorious Electoral Finance Bill. Not for her the politically suicidal crash and dash of Ruth Richardson.
Here's the extract, my italics:-
In spite of our present difficulties, Britain’s future need not be at all gloomy. For the very ills which beset us seem to be creating their own antidotes. People of all backgrounds are casting off socialist illusions in the light of socialist reality, and are coming round to our viewpoint. This is the end of the trend to the Left, and the starting point of a new renaissance.
Lady Thatcher went on to break the trade unions. She got away with it because most of the populace had by then had a gutsful of these institutionalized gangsters, many of whom emigrated to NZ and Australia where they continue to inflict their cankerous and destructive practices upon the productive sectors of the economy - witness Qantas and Ports of Auckland. When she slashed and burned, she made sure she had more than half the people on side before she struck the match. (Apart from the pole tax, that is.) As a result, she enjoyed eleven years at the helm, being re-elected for three consecutive terms.
Of passing interest are the observations of both Lindsay Mitchell and Rick Richman to the effect there seemed to be a rather unsubtle and almost obsessive attempt on the part of the film makers to denigrate Lady Thatcher by depicting her in her dotage. Much the same could have been done to Churchill but in those days even Hollywood leftists had some standards of decency.
I'm looking forward eagerly to seeing The Iron Lady.