Most Brits have been talking about one person this week. Any ideas who that might be? I’ll give you a clue: she was known as the ‘Iron Lady’ and Meryl Street recently played her in a movie of the same name.
The lady on everyone’s lips this week is former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher, who has died at the age of 87. She suffered a stroke and died peacefully in hospital.
Lady Thatcher was Conservative Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990. She was the first woman ever to hold the role, surprising even herself. Seven years before her victory she said: “It will be years before a woman either leads the Conservative Party or becomes Prime Minister. I don’t think there’ll be a woman prime minister in my lifetime.” Clearly she was wrong.
BBC political editor Nick Robinson said Lady Thatcher had been a ‘controversial’ politician who inspired “passion” among those who loved her and those who hated her alike. Whoever you are in Britain, you are likely to have an opinion on her.
She became the Conservative MP for Finchley in north London in 1959 and went on to become the leader of the Tories in 1974, winning general elections in 1979, 1983 and 1987. Her government privatised several state-owned industries, such as gas, water and electricity and during her power, she battled to reduce the popularity and influence of trade unions.
Her funeral will take place next Wednesday 14 April at St Paul’s Cathedral.
Match the numbered words/phrases in the first list (1-10) from the text on Margaret Thatcher with their definitions in the second list (a-j)
1. to give sb a clue
3. to suffer a stroke
4. to hold the role
6. to go on to
7. general elections
9. trade unions
10. to take place
a. to experience a sudden change in blood supply to the brain, which can often cause the loss of ability to move or speak
b. to have a job/position
c. former government run company or industry, sold to private ownership
d. to happen (usually an event)
e. a title given to a British woman by the Queen
f. occasions when a nation votes for the political leader they would like to see in power
g. an organisation that represents and protects the rights of employees in a
h. to provoke discussion/disagreement
i. to give some guiding information
j. to start one activity after another