How Thatcher would deal with coronavirus revealed – and the MP who would impress her most
Ex-Conservative MP Edwina Currie compared Covid-19 to the Falklands War and said that the former Prime Minister would have tackled the pandemic in a similar way to the 1982 war. When asked how Mrs Thatcher would have dealt with the current coronavirus crisis, the former MP suggested the iconic leader had dealt with a crisis although not directly affecting UK subjects.
When Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands in 1982, Mrs Thatcher launched a taskforce to retake them.
The conflict lasted for a 10-week period in 1982.
The former MP for South Derbyshire, said that Mrs Thatcher “surrounded herself with thoroughly competent people. She got rid of anyone who dithered or hesitated about her decisions”.
Mrs Currie claimed that the Prime Minister “was by far the best man in the Cabinet”.
She continued: “Thatcher was rapid, decisive, she would be across all the detail which is possibly something that Boris doesn’t always do.”
Mrs Thatcher was praised for her decisive leadership during the Falklands, which ultimately restored UK’s sovereignty of the Falklands territory.
However, the Falklands War claimed the lives of more than 250 British military personnel.
The former junior Health Minister said that Rishi Sunak reminds her of the former Conservative leader.
She said: “Thatcher was far more like Rishi Sunak once you started talking to her you couldn’t stop her, she would have all the statistics in front of her.”
Mr Sunak has reassured the public with £330billion in loans and deferring £30billion in taxes.
He has also pledged to guarantee pay for workers, to the value of up to £2,500 a month.
Mrs Currie claimed this money will get spent with “the takeaways in Whaley Bridge doing a roaring trade, the money is being spent in the chemists and supermarkets”.
Mr Sunak’s popularity has increased since his response with the coronavirus, as he was previously unknown to many voters.
The Chancellor has been praised for his response to the coronavirus with many people tipping him to be the future Prime Minister.
BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker tweeted was among those quick to praise the Chancellor for his response to the crisis.
The BBC presenter remarked on Twitter “Rishi Sunak, future PM”.
Mr Sunak has been the MP for Richmond in Yorkshire since 2015 and has quickly risen through the ranks.
He was promoted to Chancellor back in February after Sajid Javid’s resignation.
At the age of 39, Mr Sunak is the UK’s second youngest Chancellor (fellow Tory George Osborne was a year younger when he became Chancellor).
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