Mrs Thatchers Party

Jan Leeming

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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.

Mrs Thatcher's Party

Date: 21st July 2018

Mrs Thatcher's Party I'm totally bemused that my name has appeared with a Question Mark in Dennis Thatcher's list. During my 7 years of reading News for the BBC I believed that it was essential to remain ?Neutral? even though I had strong feelings on many issues ! I tend to lean towards Conservative with a small ?c? but am probably more of a liberal. In those 7 years I did not even attend a Conservative Fund raising Fete. More than a year after I had left the BBC I felt free to embrace my political leanings and was only too happy to support the Conservatives at the Wembley Rally. I remember the event well because I felt honoured when asked to read a letter of support from Yehudi Menuhin. And what did I get for my support - a castigating in the Telegraph!! (Often referred to as the Torygraph). They declared that as a newsreader I should be non political. My job had long since ended and I was still not free to support the party of my choice. At that time I was also engaged to present a Conference in the North. On seeing my attendance at the Wembley Rally my Agent was phoned and told because of my political leanings the engagement would be cancelled!!! I am sure that being Right and not Left leaning has affected my career. But I am true to my beliefs and resigned from the NUJ because of them. Bad move on my part! I often wonder why Left leaning people tend to occupy the moral high ground and will rarely engage in discourse. I no longer believe that we live in a free society with freedom of speech. We are ruled by a vociferous minority - those who shout loudest do not necessarily represent the majority. The tenets of communism and Marxism are superb and it would be wonderful if we lived in a world without inequality and where all were equal but Real Life is not like that. You only have to look at the story of the talents of silver in the bible. Three were given a talent of silver each - one man buried his talent; another hoarded it and the third doubled his money. All were given the same but they used the wealth differently. We are all equal in the sight of God - but not in real life!! I'm so sorry that I did not receive an invite to the party. I had great respect for Mrs Thatcher who was very kind and considerate to me when we met at an SOS fund raising party. She made a point of breaking her walk to enquire as to my health after I'd been mugged within the supposedly secure portals of Television Centre. Can't see Blair or Cameron doing something like that.

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