The political tributes and barbs cast after the news of Margaret Thatcher’s death have been covered on Coffee House today, but what of the world’s other great egos: those in showbiz? Steerpike was impressed by Meryl Streep, who having played Thatcher in the controversial 2011 biographical film ‘The Iron Lady’, is slightly better placed than her Hollywood comrades to pass comment.
Streep told the Washington Post: ‘to me she was a figure of awe for her personal strength and grit,’ and while she acknowledged Thatcher’s detractors, the actress has some rather sound opinions:
‘Her steadfast, almost emotional loyalty to the pound sterling has helped the UK weather the storms of European monetary uncertainty.’
The award for callous celebrity coward of the day though goes to Geri Halliwell. The Spice Girl famously told The Spectator in a 1996 interview that:-
We Spice Girls are true Thatcherites. Thatcher was the first Spice Girl, the pioneer of our ideology – Girl Power. But now we’re desperately worried about the slide to a single currency.
Gerri had a rather sweet message of condolence to our first female Prime Minister on her Twitter page earlier:
‘Thinking of our 1st Lady of girl power, Margaret Thatcher, a grocer’s daughter who taught me anything is possible…x’
A shame then that she thought it fit to delete the message, presumably after getting abused by some of the darker parts of the internet. She later posted:
‘I’m sorry if I offended u. X’
Not much power in that girl.
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