I interviewed Maggie Thatcher only once. As you see from the photograph (check out my dodgy fringe and dodgy dress) it was very early in my journalistic career when I was still in newspapers.
What I remember most clearly is that she ignored every single question that I asked and simply made her own little speech. This is not, of course, unusual, for a politician and was very
much Mrs Thatcher’s style. I found it completely infuriating. Then…and always.
Later, as a television reporter, I was able to interview many of her ministers many times. Cecil Parkinson. Geoffrey Howe. Douglas Hurd. Norman Tebbit. Broadcasting allowed me , at least,
the option to leave my questions in the edit so that Thames TV viewers could see when a legitimate question was
being unreasonably blanked.
This is not the time to say what I thought of Mrs Thatcher’s politics. There are hours of programming reviewing her legacy. What I will say is that it feels a little spooky to confirm that she was the age I am now when she came to power.
Putting aside all political differences, I have not the foggiest notion how she found the energy! I may well
remind myself of that the next time I feel “too tired” to work on a manuscript.
Teresa Driscoll - journalist, author, mother of two and lover of great coffee.