A lady of note
The Bank of England is seeking nominations for a new face on its £50 note. The winner must be deceased and must be a scientist. The choice is obvious: Margaret Thatcher, who graduated from Oxford with a degree in chemistry. She is often credited as part of the team that helped to invent soft-serve ice-cream, although that seems highly unlikely. Mr Whippy-style stuff was invented before she joined J Lyons.
Nevertheless, if Lady Thatcher did grace the note, users might feel more confident about its value and bolder about making sure they get the right change back from it – if they spent it all, because she always erred on the side of frugality. And if Labour ever got back into government, having Lady Thatcher on our notes might at least deter them from printing more money.