The not-so-iron Lady
IN your Christmas-calendar number, Neil Hoyle takes Nathaniel Parker to task for saying he never heard anyone call Margaret Thatcher charming (Letters, November 30). May I endorse Mr Hoyle?
In 1975, I had the job of looking after the then newly appointed Leader of the Opposition on her first visit to an evening function at Buckingham Palace. I spent the evening introducing her to a wide variety of guests and found her perfectly charming, as did those she spoke to.
As we were leaving, I told her that the 18-year-old daughter of the Costa Rican Ambassador was doing a project on females in politics and was waiting at the exit to shake her hand. After an exhausting day and with work waiting for her at home, Mrs Thatcher spent 10 minutes talking to the girl. However, cross her on policy and you got a different reaction! Sir Roger Du Boulay, Berkshire