Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has expressed the view that the late Baroness Margaret Thatcher made a “profound impact” on British and world politics during the 11 years she served as Britain’s Prime Minister.
He made the comments today after signing the Condolence Book at the British High Commission for Baroness Thatcher who died last Monday at the age of 87.
Stuart told the media: “Very few political leaders are able to lend their name to an era; Margaret Thatcher was able to do that. We all know that there is such a thing as ‘Thatcherism’ which represents a set of values, a set of perspectives [and] a set of policy positions which she espoused, promoted and fought for.
“Now you can have your own opinions as to the virtues or the vices of that world outlook. But, the fact is that it exists and for as long as she was in active politics it was impossible to ignore her. And, it speaks with a peculiar kind of eloquence to her political impact, that even in death she has been able to generate intensity of feeling, both in her favour and against her.”
The Prime Minister surmised that long after Baroness Thatcher’s death people would be wrestling with her view of the world, in contrast to other views. “Eleven years in office and 23 years after leaving office is still too short a time in history to determine the full impact of what she represented. [It is] still a bit early to determine whether she was right or whether she was wrong. Thirty four years, is really a very short time,” he stated.
He disclosed that Barbados’ High Commissioner in London will represent the country at the funeral next Wednesday at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Senator Maxine McClean also signed the Condolence Book and Britain’s High Commissioner, Paul Brummell, was present.
Brummell said he was “gratified at the … very warm messages of condolence that we have received from prime ministers, leaders and from ordinary people right across the region”.
“I think that is real testimony to the affection and admiration with which Margaret Thatcher was held as Prime Minister for more than a decade,” he stated.