Mrs Thatcher would have marginalised Ukip
Robin RenwickThe rise of the UK Independence Party, confirmed again in the local elections, cannot simply be wished away. The Government has sought to counter it by promising a referendum on Europe in the next parliament, with possibly a vote before the next election. So, what more can be done to counter the traction Ukip has been getting for the proposition that we would be “Better Off Out”?
Amid the tributes to Margaret Thatcher at the time of her funeral, there were mutterings from the usual suspects that she had been “wrong” about Europe. It is true that she had a sometimes fractious relationship with her European colleagues. In an argument with Helmut Schmidt about North Sea fisheries (“our fish”), she told him that he did not know anything about fish. Schmidt, on returning to his office, responded by kicking the furniture. But just how “wrong” was she on the substance?
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"Mrs Thatcher would have marginalised Ukip", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), juin 2013. Consulté le 09/12/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/mrs-thatcher-would-have-marginalised-ukip