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Shirley Williams dies aged 90

Discussion in 'off topic' started by Cav, Apr 12, 2021.

  1. Cav

    Cav pfm Member

    On the BBC website.

    A proper politician, imho.
     
  2. Dogberry

    Dogberry pfm Member


    Hans Kung died the other day.
    A proper theologian.
     
  3. Bob McC

    Bob McC Living the life of Riley

    A principled intellectual giant compared to the toads infesting Parliament today.
     
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  4. Cav

    Cav pfm Member

    Well start a thread about it. This one is about Shirley Williams.
     
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  5. MikeMA

    MikeMA pfm Member

    Absolutely right. It saddens me to hear of her death. She and most of her political contemporaries - left and right - were head and shoulders above the intellectually challenged bunch we have now. Plus she had an excellent political pedigree with Vera Brittain as her mother.
     
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  6. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    Sad news. One of the decent ones for sure. RIP.
     
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  7. Dogberry

    Dogberry pfm Member

    I thought you might see something related as they
    were both highly regarded in their fields.
    Fuggedaboutit.
     
  8. Rockmeister

    Rockmeister pfm Member

    No, not really.
     
  9. Dogberry

    Dogberry pfm Member

    I feel certain as a prominent Catholic she would
    have met Kung to discuss the role of women in the
    church.
     
  10. Rockmeister

    Rockmeister pfm Member

    maybe she would. It's a thought. The KungWilliams tapes?
     
  11. andrew d

    andrew d pfm Member

    I had a student Christmas job in Mount Pleasant sorting office, Liverpool. I noticed a lady approaching and genuinely inquired of a mate if it was his Mum dropping in for a natter.
    It was in fact a very down to earth and chatty Shirley Williams popping in to see how the P.O. coped at the busiest time of year.
     
  12. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

    Sad to hear it. Even as a teenager, I took in a lot of what she contributed to political debate. Compare her with Priti Patel or Liz Truss in Cabinet today and you understand why we are in the place we are.
     
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  13. twotone

    twotone pfm Member

    Best prime minister this country never had of course she couldn’t become prime minister though.
     
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  14. wow&flutter

    wow&flutter pfm Member

    I remember much talk about the MP John Smith after his death as being the greatest PM we never had.
     
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  15. blossomchris

    blossomchris I feel better than James Brown

    Not a huge fan of many politician, but I admired her.
     
  16. twotone

    twotone pfm Member

    Aye and there would never have been a war in Iraq and labour would never have been wiped out in Scotland however he would have been able to become prime minister if he’d lived.
     
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  17. Darmok

    Darmok "Didactic Prophylaxes"

    Short memories, she was one of the gang of four, what might have been if they had remained in their former placements?
     
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  18. Nero

    Nero Wiped Clean

    Met her at Stansted airport once. She was very open for a chat while waiting to jet off to a conference. She had a knack for seeing both sides of any story. Is that centrist or liberal?
     
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  19. vince rocker

    vince rocker pfm Member

    She was clearly a decent, clever and principled woman who inspired and was loved by many. RIP Shirley, we need more like you now.
     
  20. Enfield boy

    Enfield boy pfm Member

    Her greatest achievement (along with the other 3) was to pretty much guarantee conservative governments and all that has led to. A flounce by part of the Labour right with similar damage to the more recent coup.
     
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