‘I regret becoming a politician’: Thatcher wished she’d never gone into politics
Margaret Thatcher once said she wished she’d never gone into politics – because of the toll it took on her family.
The former PM confided to a Tory MP she would have chosen a different profession if she “had her time over again”.
She made the shock confession when reflecting on her life in Downing Street with Conservative grandee Lord Spicer.
The peer recalls going to see her at her “grand offices” in London in 1995. He writes in a new book, The Spicer Diaries: “She is all gung-ho about attacking moves towards a federal Europe. Then as I get up to leave she says, ‘If I had my time again, I wouldn’t go into politics because of what it does to your family’.”
Lord Spicer also recalls how Baroness Thatcher, who now suffers from dementia, grew depressed after being replaced as party leader by John Major in 1990, telling him that she “hated” going to the Commons.
Labour MP Stephen Hepburn said last night: “Given the legacy Thatcher left, many other people may also wish she’d never gone into politics.”