Sarah Palin was not snubbed by Margaret Thatcher, former aide says
Sarah Palin may not get to have an audience with Margaret Thatcher, but it's not because the Baroness thinks the hockey mom is wacky.
In the wake of two reports quoting anonymous sources claiming that the former British prime minister is refusing to meet with an adoring Palin on an upcoming European stop because "Sarah Palin is nuts," a former aide of the Iron Lady says that the purported snub is rubbish.
"I have spoken to Lady Thatcher’s Private Office regarding the story, and they confirm that the attack on Sarah Palin definitely did not come from her office, and in no way reflects her views. As a former aide to Margaret Thatcher myself, I can attest that this kind of thinking is entirely alien to her, and that such remarks would never be made by her office," wrote Nile Gardiner, a political analyst for the Telegraph U.K.
The brouhaha started soon after Palin announced to a British newspaper that she plans on visiting Europe for the first time and aspired to meet with Thatcher, one of her political heroes.
"I am going to Sudan in July and hope to stop in England on the way. I am just hoping Mrs. Thatcher is well enough to see me as I so admire her," Palin told Britain's Sunday Times earlier this month in an article titled "Reloaded and on a Mrs. T mission: the Palins are coming to Britain!"
Soon after that interview, the Guardian U.K. reported that an ally of the 85-year-old said, "Lady Thatcher will not be seeing Sarah Palin. That would be belittling for Margaret."
Two days later the Guardian's chief political correspondent quoted the aide again, who refused to back down from the comment, saying "Margaret will not be meeting Sarah Palin. If necessary we will make sure that Margaret has an off day when Palin is in London."
Gardiner, however, doesn't trust the Guardian's source, saying that Thatcher often welcomes American politicians and dignitaries, "but at the age of 85 she is now able to receive very few visitors at all."
He concluded by blaming the liberal elite mainstream media.
"There was never any snub of Sarah Palin by Lady Thatcher’s office. However, there has been a great deal of mischief-making and unpleasantness from sections of the liberal press in a vain and futile attempt to use Margaret Thatcher’s name to smear a major US politician," Gardiner wrote.
-- Tony Pierce
Photo: Sarah Palin arrives at Trump Tower on 56th Street and 5th Avenue on May 31 in New York City. Palin and Donald Trump later exited the building for dinner. Credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images