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What a delight to meet
the Thatcherite big beasts

Telegraph [UK], by Tim Stanley

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 6/19/2014 5:43:44 AM

When the scientists have finally got their act together and perfected cloning, this historian dreams that we’ll finally get a sort of philosophical Jurassic Park. In one cage we’ll find Plato and Socrates; in another the Founding Fathers; somewhere quiet and damp, Marx and Engels pondering where it all went wrong. [Snip] What magnificent, brilliant specimens were on display! John O’Sullivan, the Lady’s former senior advisor; Lord Powell, her foreign affairs guru; John Howard, the Australian prime minster who admired her from affair; Roger Scruton, sometimes called her philosopher. And, of course, Lord Saatchi, the PR genius, who helped make Lady

Jonah Goldberg gets a most favorable mention and deservedly so. In addition, Stanley highlights some figures heretofore unfamiliar to us. Definitely of interest.


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Telegraph [UK], by Tim Stanley    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 6/19/2014 5:43:44 AM     Post Reply
When the scientists have finally got their act together and perfected cloning, this historian dreams that we’ll finally get a sort of philosophical Jurassic Park. In one cage we’ll find Plato and Socrates; in another the Founding Fathers; somewhere quiet and damp, Marx and Engels pondering where it all went wrong. [Snip] What magnificent, brilliant specimens were on display! John O’Sullivan, the Lady’s former senior advisor; Lord Powell, her foreign affairs guru; John Howard, the Australian prime minster who admired her from affair; Roger Scruton, sometimes called her philosopher. And, of course, Lord Saatchi, the PR genius, who helped make Lady




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