I have to say I was surprised, but rather pleased by all the fuss about the Prime Minister inviting Margaret Thatcher to Downing Street. Surprised because it is nothing new. Tony Blair has invited her to Downing Street and one Tory blogger privately reminded me that John Major once did the same thing for James Callaghan, plus Margaret Thatcher used to occasionally invite Harold Wilson to Downing Street when she was Prime Minister. Just because it is in public this time, a few political activists on both sides seem to be angry.
To Labour activists I say why? One does not have to agree or like Baroness T's politics to be civil towards her, to ask for her advice on one or two issues, or even like her as a person. Secondly, in case you haven't noticed it has annoyed and angered a no of Tories, some of whom have been rather insulting towards her in a way that does them no good politically. I would have thought that this kind of dismay and infighting is something that Labour shouldn't really empathise with. Yesterday's Express editorial was a wave of impotent rage about this that made rather an interesting read.
And in other news, Labour has employed Saatchi & Saatchi to run their advertising. True Maurice and Charles Saatchi no longer run the company, but they are still a genius of an organisation and it's also the symbolism which counts. After all, they are not flash, just interested in helping Gordon ;), which will be important in battling Ming the Merciless, as well as David Cameron, who seems to be floundering of late.