Margaret Roberts: The OUCA Years

 Jack Matthews (Ex-Returning Officer, University) is reading for a DPhil in Earth Sciences.

Earlier this term we paid our respects to Baroness Thatcher; a truly great woman who rendered memorable service to her country, and the cause of freedom worldwide. Many will know her within our Association as the ex-President, Somerville and our Patron, but her time with OUCA is much richer and has potential to cast light on her political choices later in life.

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Thatcher and Somerville

Harry Challands (Treasurer-Elect, Somerville) is an undergraduate reading Law. He would  like to extend his greatest appreciation to Somerville College Library for their help with research and accessing materials.

When young Margaret Roberts first arrived in Oxford, she could not have foretold the classic love story that was to develop between her and one whose beauty she aptly referred to as 'unpretentious'. This relationship would go on to have all the signs of a romantic chick-flick. The initial fear and heart pounding of the introduction, the good times followed by the big test of the relationship (which of course both parties pulled through) ending on an endorphin inducing high.  I am of course not talking of the love she had for her lifelong partner and lover Dennis Thatcher. I am talking of a love far more important in shaping both the fundamentals of her character and her life: the love between Margaret Thatcher and her college.

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The Mother Of Modern Britain. Thatcher: An Obituary

James Heywood (Communications Director, Magdalen) is an undergraduate reading History.

“Your postscript,” wrote the young Margaret Roberts in response to an invitation to join Oxford University Socialist Club, “presses me to buy The Oxford Socialist at fourpence a copy. Unfortunately we still live under a competitive system, and my party’s newspaper only costs me threepence.” Even in her university days at OUCA, our esteemed Ex-President had already grasped the common sense ideas which she would one day use to transform the lives of millions of us.

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The Original Inception: Margaret Thatcher and the USSR

 Maxim Stolyarov is an undergraduate reading PPE at New College.

It is generally well-known that it was a Soviet journalist who first called Margaret Thatcher ‘the Iron Lady’. What is not very well known is the exact role Lady Thatcher played in bringing down the Soviet Union. One reads very often that her role was ‘central’, and yet her only widely recognised contribution is opening Gorbachev to the West with one phrase: ‘We could do business together’. That is it. That is as much as most know of Margaret Thatcher’s involvement. Even after hours of research, I still know surprisingly little about what exactly it is that Baroness Thatcher had done, although every author seems to be convinced that her figure was central to the fall of Communism. So I neither can, nor want to write a historic account of the involvement of Margaret Thatcher with the Soviet leadership. I shall only try to humbly present my own account of what Lady Thatcher’s role seems to have been.

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