Wednesday, June 8

Warning from Thatcher

Several mentions have been made this morning, on the BBC Radio 4 'Today' program to the late Denis Thatcher's particular brand of dry humour and his contributions to many political meetings that he attended with his wife.

In 1985 at a Conservative Party gathering in the North East attended by the Prime Minister I got into conversation with Dennis Thatcher and others while his wife was doing the rounds of the party faithful. Dennis by this time had clearly decided to become a caricature of himself.

He pulled out a packet of Cigarettes lowered his glasses on his nose and deliberately looked at the side of the packet. Ah .... he exclaimed to the group, a note from my wife!

Reading deliberately slowly out loud he said " warning from HM Government Smoking can damage your health".

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