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Margaret Thatcher’s made infamous quote “there is no such thing as society”

Posted in Uncategorized by sallyoldcow on April 13, 2010

Often quoted as “There is no society” (sic)

The following from Wikipedia. If any of this is wrong I’ll remove it

“They’re casting their problem on society. And, you know, there is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women, and there are families. And no government can do anything except through people, and people must look to themselves first. It’s our duty to look after ourselves and then, also to look after our neighbour. People have got the entitlements too much in mind, without the obligations.”

and a related quote:

“I came to office with one deliberate intent: to change Britain from a dependent to a self-reliant society — from a give-it-to-me, to a do-it-yourself nation. A get-up-and-go, instead of a sit-back-and-wait-for-it Britain.”

and not related; I spotted this recorded exchange:

In an interview with George Negus for the Australian TV program 60 minutes, the following exchange occurred [2]:

Negus: Why do people stop us in the street almost and tell us that Margaret Thatcher isn’t just inflexible, she’s not just single-minded, on occasions she’s plain pig-headed and won’t be told by anybody?
Thatcher: Would you tell me who has stopped you in the street and said that?
Negus: Ordinary Britons…
Thatcher: Where?
Negus: In conversation, in pubs…
Thatcher (interrupting): I thought you’d just come from Belize
Negus: Oh this is not the first time we’ve been here.
Thatcher: Will you tell me who, and where and when?
Negus: Ordinary Britons in restaurants and cabs
Thatcher: How many?
Negus: …in cabs
Thatcher: How many?
Negus:I would say at least one in two
Thatcher:Why won’t you tell me their names and who they are?
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