A piece from Norman Tebbit, a close associate of the Iron Lady to correct the image projected by the recent film.
I found that there were twin threads in her thinking, the first a romantic patriotism rooted deep in her non-metropolitan background. She detested metropolitan cynicism about her country and its people, and that attitude was strengthened by a rather unfashionable non-conformist religious belief about what was right and wrong. The other thread sprang from her education as a scientist and her working life, not in academia but in the laboratory of a food company.
She was never, in my experience, the half-hysterical, over-emotional, over-acting woman portrayed by Meryl Streep. She could be angry, but then so could I, and on at least one occasion I walked back to my department unsure whether I would find on my arrival that I was no longer the Secretary of State. Contrary to some accounts of her negotiating tactics, I never felt that she was playing “the feminine card”. It was all about reality, not emotion, and she was no stranger to the game of hard ball.