Month: April 2013

Margaret Thatcher: Tribute to a Successful Revolutionary

12 Apr 2013

Margaret Thatcher: Tribute to a Successful Revolutionary

I met Margaret Thatcher as she was entering Thames Television headquarters in London during the 1979 election campaign, after which she won the first of three successive election victories. She was interested that I was holding a copy of a recently-published book about appearing on television: It’s Your Turn Next. Margaret Thatcher on the platform I’m grateful that Margaret Thatcher did come to power in the UK. She proved to be Britain’s greatest peacetime Prime Minister in modern history and a strong, though not uncritical, ally of the United States. She restored the British people’s sense of self-confidence and purpose. She reminded us that Britain had already written glorious unique pages in European, indeed world history, and had the potential to make further magnificent contributions if we would accept necessary reforms. Told once that a report with which she disagreed was based on facts, she replied: ‘Facts! I’m here to change the facts!’ That is why she was admired by so many and achieved the highest approval ratings of any leader of her Party in modern times, 62%. She took tough decisions in economic management that had been dodged for years in the name of political…

Gun Control: Message from Mayor Bloomberg

04 Apr 2013

This post introduces the nationwide coalition Mayors Against Illegal Guns. It outlines the history of the coalition, and features a personal message from Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City. The writer of this blog, Michael H. Collins, is author of The American Panorama: A Comprehensive Guide to the Culture of the United States, available from Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City and Co-Chair of Mayors Against Illegal Guns A personal message from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg In March 2013, Mayor Bloomberg wrote me to give details of the campaign by him and some 900 other mayors to combat the scourge of illegal guns across America’s towns and cities. This post publicizes the mayors’ initiative as a contribution to the debate on effective measures of gun control. Readers from other countries which have problems of gun violence will also find the post of interest. Michael Bloomberg writes: ‘’Dear Mr. Collins: ….In New York City, cracking down on gun criminals and traffickers has helped us drive crime down to record lows. But even though we’ve made New York the safest big city in the nation, the threat of gun violence remains, and…