God Bless Margaret Thatcher!
The Lady who was “Not for Turning” frequently made the case for eschewing political popularity in the short run in favor of the the long tail of history. On this Earth Day, it seems especially on point to link readers to her 1982 speech to the Conservative Party Conference:
In the 60s and 70s the fashion was to say that the long term does not matter very much because, as Maynard Keynes put it, “In the long run we are all dead.” [laughter] Anyone who thought like that would never plant a tree. [applause]
We are in the business of planting trees, for our children and grandchildren, or we have no business to be in politics at all. [applause] We are not a one generation party. We do not intend to let Britain become a one generation society. Let us not forget the lesson of history. The long term always starts today.
Mind you, this anecdote was more figurative than literal. But the geopolitical legacy of Margaret Thatcher planted the seeds of freedom and entrepreneurship that grew the trees of prosperity for generations of westerner children, now busy growing trees for their own families worldwide.
Happy Earth Day, Conservatives and conservatives alike. And remember to thank God for Margaret Thatcher today!