Quote in the Day – Margaret Thatcher on Consensus

Now, I know, to some Margaret Thatcher is a polarizing official. I’ve read plenty about her and seen many documentaries, including the latest: The Iron Lady, I think she’s a smart, bold, dedicated woman. All things you’d like in a leader. On this day in 1979, Margaret Thatcher was elected as the first Female Prime Minister in Great Britain.

To me, consensus seems to be: the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values, and policies in search of something in which no one believes, but to which no one objects; the process of avoiding the very issues that need to be solved, merely because you cannot get agreement on the way ahead. What great cause would have been fought and won under the banner ‘I stand for consensus’? – Margaret Thatcher

Downing Street
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