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    Thatcher: En Vogue?

    Thatcher: En Vogue?

    My friend sent me this link yesterday, and I could hardly believe the headline: Margaret Thatcher has become a hip youth icon.

    Harry Mount was at a party:

    held at Maggie’s, the Thatcher-themed nightclub on the Fulham Road, in west London.

    It will come as no surprise to Dan [Hannan]’s readers that he is keen on the Lady, as indeed am I; as were most of his guests. But what was staggering that, later on in the evening, the nightclub opened its doors to people who weren’t Dan’s guests. And in poured a tide of young, attractive and fashionable clubbers. When I left, at around 11.30, there was a long queue building up on Fulham Road to pay a £15 cover charge to get in.

    Admittedly, this was the heart of Sloaneland. The clientele was mostly public school and well-off, and they clearly had a retro taste for 80s music. But, still, it was extraordinary that they should go to a nightclub devoted not just to a Tory leader, but to the Tory leader who was so reviled by the young for so long.

    Thoughts:

    1. Why didn’t I go here when I was in London?!

    2. Do you think conservative politicos will ever be as popular as their lefty counterparts among the youth? I doubt it since the other side paints a glossier, more attractive narrative that appeals particularly to those with little invested in, say, the economy.

     

     

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    tomesnyder | September 13, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Ron Paul has a large following among the youth.

    Conservatives need to start pushing the fact that they stand for Individual Liberty. Lefties, all of them, are for massive government.

    Here’s the line I use most frequently:
    Every expansion of government power is a reduction in our civil liberties.

    Freedom and Civil Rights are issues that appeal to everyone, including the young. Point out, at every opportunity, that the Dems are the party of Big Brother.


     
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    Kathleen McCaffrey | September 13, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Tom, He doesn’t. It’s all relative.

    Conservatives in this country would do well to recognize that, anywhere else in the world, they’d be considered Liberals, because they believe in individual freedom and responsibility.

    In the US, the Progressives are all the old-line repressives,


     
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    BannedbytheGuardian | September 13, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Valerie – You have it right. In australia the conservative guys are called The Liberal Party.

    i think the Maggie thing is a late 70s- mid 80s revival fashion . Young kids must wonder at the very good music that emanatied from Thatcher Britain . The fashion is like a walk on the wild side of Oxford. I am not sure if it is more than that.

    I had/have some British friends who are semi titled & who actually knew some of her people eg Willie Whitelaw. One friend’s family was mini aristocracy from Lockerbie & whose father by way of military /gentry tradition became the supervisor for the bombings.

    In the context of Libya – it is not yesterday. Maybe the Brits look at what sh’t they have in Parliament today & long for Margaret Thatcher’s absolute directness & unflinching conviction.

    But Youth is for exploring & questioning. we all get older.


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