Today is a very sad day for me as one of my great heroes, Margaret Thatcher, has died. I first met her when as Minister of Education she came to Kuwait in the mid 1970s. I was very lucky to have met her on many occasions since then, when she became Prime Minister, both here in Kuwait and in the UK. Once you met her you couldn’t but admire her. She was just so special. I felt that I shook hands with greatness.
Margaret Thatcher was a wonderful role model for today’s young women. She studied chemistry at Oxford University and went on to combine a career in politics with raising a family of two young children. She was not only the first female British Prime Minister but she was also the longest serving PM in modern times. She changed Britain from an industrial to a service based economy, tamed the unions and successfully regained the Falkland Islands from Argentina in 1982. She was instrumental in convincing George Bush and other leaders to form a UN coalition to liberate Kuwait.
She stood for what she believed in. She gave pride back to the British people. When she took the reins of Britain as Prime Minister it was torn apart with strikes. She understood that there was pride in ownership. She gave people the opportunity to own their own houses. She believed that large countries had to abide by international law and should not just invade and swallow up smaller countries. She stated that if this was allowed to happen then we would have jungle law. I really admired her. She was simply the best. She behaved in an exemplary manner when Kuwait was invaded. But for her our lovely Kuwait might be a very different place today. So, I am very sad that we have lost a great hero. She was definitely my hero, and may she rest in peace.
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