Margaret Thatcher: Centre Chairman John Howard in conversation with Thatcher biographer Charles Moore

Apr 8, 2021 | Announcements, News & Media

Sydney, Thursday 08 April 2021:  In the first Ramsay Lecture event for 2021, Ramsay Centre Chairman, the Hon John Howard OM AC, has interviewed the Right Hon the Lord Moore (Charles Moore), the authorised biographer of the former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Lord Moore is a UK journalist and former editor of The Daily Telegraph, The Spectator and The Sunday Telegraph. He was selected by Baroness Thatcher to write her biography, which was published in three volumes in 2013, 2016 and 2019. He wrote the biography under specific conditions set by her: that she should not be allowed to read it, and that it should not appear in her lifetime. 

In a wide-ranging discussion, Mr Howard and Lord Moore discuss Baroness Thatcher’s lasting impact on Britain and British politics, her widening of British Conservatives’ electoral appeal to the aspirational working class, and the person behind her larger-than-life public persona. Other topics include her approach to union members’ rights and the Miners’ strike, how her political confidence was strengthened by military victory in the Falklands War, and her campaign with Pope John Paul II and US President Ronald Reagan to bring down the Soviet Union.

In a nod to contemporary issues, Mr Howard and Lord Moore discuss whether Thatcher, a proud science degree holder, would have supported current international climate change talks and how she was possibly ‘the mother of Brexit’, with EU scepticism dating back to her 1990 leadership battle.

Finally, they examine how she dealt with political defeat and betrayal by her political colleagues, as well as her enduring legacies.

Lord Moore still writes for all three publications he edited, and for many years was Chairman of Policy Exchange, a London-based think-tank. Under the Conservative Government of Boris Johnson, he was given a peerage in July 2020 and made a member of the House of Lords.

The Ramsay Centre was created with an endowment from the late Paul Ramsay AO, founder of Ramsay Health Care, to promote a deeper understanding of Western civilisation. The Ramsay Lecture series hosts speakers from all walks of life who have important and interesting perspectives relating to the world and our western heritage.

Due to COVID-19, this Ramsay Lecture event is recorded. It will be available via our website as both a video and podcast from today.

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