Where there is discord

サッチャー首相/首相就任スピーチ
英国, 1979年, マーガレット·サッチャー

In 1979 Margaret Thatcher, who died this week at the age of 87, became the first woman leader of a big western country.

When she arrived at the door of Number 10 Downing Street (the official residence of the British prime minister), she quoted St Francis of Assisi, a 13th-century Catholic saint (below at 0:46).

Thatcher had some doubts about using the quote. She asked Ronnie Millar, her chief speechwriter, if it might be controversial. “More than possibly,” he replied. “What’s wrong with that? Churchill spent half his life being controversial, and much of what he said is remembered whether people agreed with it at the time or not.”

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And I would just like to remember some words of Saint Francis of Assisi, which I think are really just particularly apt at the moment.

Where there is discord, may we bring harmony.

Where there is error, may we bring truth.

Where there is doubt, may we bring faith.

And where there is despair, may we bring hope.

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