Boris Johnson has joined Falklands vet Commander John Muxworthy in calling for a permanent statue of Margaret Thatcher to be placed somewhere in London, with the mayor refusing to rule out the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square as a location, reports the Telegraph.
Acknowledging that the square's other inhabitants are all great military figures, Muxworthy argues that the late Prime Minister should be placed among them, as she "had the best interests of the nation in her heart till the end". His suggestion has been endorsed by Sir Norman Tebbit, while Ukip's Nigel Farage wants a statue elsewhere in Westminster.
To put it mildly, a statue of Thatcher in Trafalgar Square — the site of anti-poll tax riots in 1990, which contributed to the PM's defenestration later that year — would be a provocative statement. Previous depictions of the Iron Lady have met untimely ends: in 2002 a marble statue on display in Guildhall was decapitated by a man wielding a cricket bat. Any similar monument in Trafalgar Square would probably face a similarly undignified demise.
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