Last week,Nicholas Watt of The Guardian wrote a story about Sarah Palin that sought to characterize her as so unpopular in Britain, that even the staunchly conservative former Prime Minister, and close Reagan ally, Margaret Thatcher couldn’t abide her:
It appears that the former prime minister has no intention of meeting the darling of the Tea Party movement. Andy McSmith reported in the Independent this morning that Palin is likely to be “thwarted” on the grounds that Thatcher, 86, rarely makes public appearances.
It would appear that the reasons go deeper than Thatcher’s frail health. Her allies believe that Palin is a frivolous figure who is unworthy of an audience with the Iron Lady. This is what one ally tells me:
Lady Thatcher will not be seeing Sarah Palin. That would be belittling for Margaret. Sarah Palin is nuts.
Thatcher will show the level she punches at when she attends the unveiling of a statue of Ronald Reagan outside the US embassy in Grosvenor Square on Independence day on 4 July. This is what her ally told me:
Margaret is focusing on Ronald Reagan and will attend the unveiling of the statue. That is her level.
This inspired widespread skepticism that the grand dame would ever think or say such a thing. After all, Palin is cut from the same cloth as Ronald Reagan.
Over the weekend, Gateway Pundit posted a response from the Margaret Thatcher Foundation to the dubious assertions that only increased skepticism that the report was true.
Today, Nile Gardiner at The Telegraph deals the final blow :
I have spoken to Lady Thatcher’s Private Office regarding the story, and they confirm that the attack on Sarah Palin definitely did not come from her office, and in no way reflects her views. As a former aide to Margaret Thatcher myself, I can attest that this kind of thinking is entirely alien to her, and that such remarks would never be made by her office. She has always warmly welcomed like-minded figures in the United States, and has in the past met with numerous US presidential candidates and political dignitaries when they have visited London. But at the age of 85 she is now able to receive very few visitors at all.
There was never any snub of Sarah Palin by Lady Thatcher’s office. However, there has been a great deal of mischief-making and unpleasantness in a vain and futile attempt to use Margaret Thatcher’s name to smear a major US politician.
I wonder – Does Nicholas Watt still stand by his report?
Hat tip: Gateway Pundit
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