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Thursday 25 December 2014

Thatcher to Mandelson: 'You can't trust the Irish, they are all liars'

Lord Mandelson said today that the only thing Baroness Thatcher ever told him was that the Irish were "all liars" and not to be trusted, writes Joe Churcher

The coffin bearing the body of Baroness Thatcher is moved from the Palace of Westminster, where it rested overnight in the chapel of St Mary Undercroft, as it makes it's way to her funeral service, at St Paul's Cathedral, central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
The coffin bearing the body of Baroness Thatcher is moved from the Palace of Westminster, where it rested overnight in the chapel of St Mary Undercroft, as it makes it's way to her funeral service, at St Paul's Cathedral, central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Residents from mining communities near Barnsley put out banners on the day of the funeral service of Baroness Thatcher.
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: An Military band march past during the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher on Fleet Street on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: The coffin of the Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is brought down The Strand in a hearse on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minster Baroness Thatcher with a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Protester display slogans and banners during the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Actress Joan Collins attends the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
The coffin is transferred to the hearse during the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher on April 17, 2013 in London
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: An Military band march past during the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher on Fleet Street on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: An Military band march past St Clement Dane's Church during the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Residents from mining communities at Goldthorpe near Barnsley suspend an effigy of Margaret Thatcher on the end of a rope on the day of the funeral service of Baroness Thatcher. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: John Giles/PA Wire
A hearse carrying the coffin of Baroness Thatcher passes the gates of Downing Street ahead of her funeral service at St Paul's Cathedral, central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Residents from mining communities at Goldthorpe near Barnsley suspend an effigy of Margaret Thatcher on the end of a rope on the day of the funeral service of Baroness Thatcher. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: John Giles/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair (L) attends the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990 (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: The coffin is transferred to the hearse during the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: The coffin is transferred to the hearse during the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Protesters outside the Courts of Justice in the Strand prior to the funeral service of Baroness Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral, central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Protesters outside the Courts of Justice in the Strand prior to the funeral service of Baroness Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral, central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Mayor of London Boris Johnson attends the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: The hearse makes its way during the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Conservative MP Andrew Mitchell arrives prior to the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990 (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer attends the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990 (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: The hearse heads towards the Cenotaph during the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Mounted Police make their way up Whitehall prior to the funeral service of Baroness Thatcher, at St Paul's Cathedral, central London.
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 17: Police on motorbike ride up the Strand ahead of the funeral of Baroness Margaret Thatcher on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Fred Duval/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Police inspect a drain on the route to St Paul's Cathedral prior to the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher on Fleet Street on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: The coffin is transferred to the hearse during the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Former Prime Ministers John Major (C) and Tony Blair with their wives Norma Major and Cherie Blair (L) attend the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York attends the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: A protester holds a banner during the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at Clement Dane's Church on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Wellwishers hang flags during the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Former Cabinet minister Leon Brittan attends the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990 (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Guests arrive prior to the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 17: Daily Telegraph Vendor at the Strand on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Fred Duval/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 17: A well-wisher holds up a banner ahead of the funeral of Baroness Margaret Thatcher on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Matt Dunham - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown with his wife Sarah Brown attend the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Protester Mary MacMillan holds a sign of protest at Trafalgar Square ahead of the funeral procession for former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minster Baroness Thatcher with a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: A spectator holds a banner during the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at Ludgate Hill on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
John Sergeant arrives for the funeral service of Baroness Thatcher, at St Paul's Cathedral, central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Chris Ison/PA Wire
Residents from mining communities near Barnsley put out banners on the day of the funeral service of Baroness Thatcher. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: John Giles/PA Wire
Mourners make their way up the steps of St Paul's Cathedral for the funeral service of Baroness Thatcher, at St Paul's Cathedral, central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire
Lord Cecil Parkinson arrives for the funeral service of Baroness Thatcher, at St Paul's Cathedral, central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Chris Ison/PA Wire
Simon Weston arrives for the funeral service of Baroness Thatcher, at St Paul's Cathedral, central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Chris Ison/PA Wire
Sarah, Duchess of York arrives for the funeral service of Baroness Thatcher, at St Paul's Cathedral, central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire
Residents from mining communities near Barnsley put out banners on the day of the funeral service of Baroness Thatcher. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: John Giles/PA Wire
The unveiling by the South Kesterven District Council of a personalised rose which has been named Grantham's Thatcher Rose in tribute to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in Grantham, Lincolnshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire
The unveiling by the South Kesterven District Council of a personalised rose which has been named Grantham's Thatcher Rose in tribute to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in Grantham, Lincolnshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire
Guests arrive for the funeral service of Baroness Thatcher, at St Paul's Cathedral, central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Police block off the road around Parliament Square prior to the funeral service of Baroness Thatcher, at St Paul's Cathedral, central London.
Police patrol the route ahead of Baroness Margater Thatchers' funeral on April 17, 2013
Police patrol the route ahead of Baroness Margater Thatchers' funeral on April 17, 2013
A police officer leads a sniffer dog along Whitehall ahead of the funeral procession for former prime minister Margaret Thatcher on April 17, 2013 in London
Danny Jones and his son Jordan, from Liverpool, camp outside St Paul's Cathedral, in central London, to watch the funeral of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. PRESS ASSOCIATION
Police officers walk along the Strand ahead of the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher
John Loughley, 58, of Wandsworth (R) and Margaret Kittle of Winona, Canada stand outside Paul's Cathedral ahead of the funeral of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
Sir Mark Thatcher, son of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and daughter Carol Thatcher, leave a private service at the Houses of Parliament ahead of her funeral on April 16, 2013 in London, England.
Margaret Thatcher
The coffin of Baroness Thatcher rests in the Crypt Chapel of St Mary Undercroft beneath the Houses of Parliament
Carol Thatcher leaves the Houses of Parliament after a short private service to receive the body of her late mother, former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, to the crypt chapel of St Mary Undercroft
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 16: Sarah Thatcher (L) , daughter-in-law of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, leaves Parliament after attending a private service ahead of her funeral on April 16, 2013 in London, England. Lady Thatcher's coffin will rest inside the Chapel Of St Mary Undercroft overnight before a ceremonial funeral service is held at St Paul's Cathedral tomorrow. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 16: Marco Grass (L) and Carol Thatcher, daughter of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, pass 'Black Rod', Lieutenant-General David Leakey (R) as they leave Parliament after attending a private service ahead of her funeral on April 16, 2013 in London, England. Lady Thatcher's coffin will rest inside the Chapel Of St Mary Undercroft overnight before a ceremonial funeral service is held at St Paul's Cathedral tomorrow. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
A protester wears a mask depicting former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher during a party to mark her death in central London's Trafalgar square, Saturday, April 13, 2013
Flowers laid outside the home of Baroness Thatcher in Belgravia, London following her death this morning after a stroke
Margaret Thatcher fielding questions with Foreign Secretary, Geoffrey Howe (background), at a press conference, in London
In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Benedict XVI, wearing his Saturn hat, greets former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, May 27, 2009
File photo dated 11/05/83 of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher receiving Soviet writer Aleksander Solzhenitsyn at No 10 Downing Street, London
File photo dated 24/10/2000 of former Conservative Prime Ministers Sir Edward Heath and Baroness Thatcher check their watches as they listen to the debate at the Conservative Party Conference annual conference in Bournemouth. Baroness Thatcher died this morning following a stroke, her spokesman Lord Bell said
FILE - APRIL 8: Lord Bell, spokesperson for Baroness Margaret Thatcher, announced in a statement that the former British Prime Minister died peacefully following a stroke aged 87. November 1976: Conservative party leader Margaret Thatcher makes a 'victory' sign outside her home in Chelsea, London. (Photo by John Minihan/Evening Standard/Getty Images)
FILE - APRIL 8: Lord Bell, spokesperson for Baroness Margaret Thatcher, announced in a statement that the former British Prime Minister died peacefully following a stroke aged 87. British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in Downing Street, London, at the start of her third term in office. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
FILE - APRIL 8: Lord Bell, spokesperson for Baroness Margaret Thatcher, announced in a statement that the former British Prime Minister died peacefully following a stroke aged 87. Margaret Hilda Thatcher, nee Roberts, as the Conservative candidate for Dartford, Kent, and before she married husband Denis. (Photo by Chris Ware/Getty Images)
1980: (FILE PHOTO) Baroness Margaret Thatcher, 85, Britain's Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990, Reports on April 8, 2013 state that Baroness Thatcher has died following a stroke.. British Conservative politician and first woman to hold the office of Prime Minister of Great Britain Margaret Thatcher speaks at the Tory Party Conference on in Brighton, East Sussex circa 1980. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
1985: (FILE PHOTO) Baroness Margaret Thatcher, 85, Britain's Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990, Reports on April 8, 2013 state that Baroness Thatcher has died following a stroke.. Please refer to the following profile on Getty Images Archival for further imagery. http://www.gettyimages.com/Search/Search.aspx?EventId=108930459&EditorialProduct=Archival British prime minister Margaret Thatcher holds a chimpanzee in 1985. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
File photo dated 08/11/05 of Margaret Thatcher at the memorial service for former Conservative Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath, at Westminster Abbey in central London. Baroness Thatcher died this morning following a stroke, her spokesman Lord Bell said
The death of former Conservative prime minister Margaret Thatcher has divided opinion across Northern Ireland
Prime Minister David Cameron pays respects to Margaret Thatcher
Crowds gather in Derry's Bogside to 'celebrate' the death of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
Crowds gather in Derry's Bogside to 'celebrate' the death of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
Crowds gather in Derry's Bogside to 'celebrate' the death of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher
Crowds gather in Derry's Bogside to 'celebrate' the death of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
People celebrate the death of Baroness Thatcher in Brixton
People celebrate the death of Baroness Thatcher in Brixton, south London
Meryl Streep has paid tribute to Baroness Thatcher
Geri Halliwell has tweeted about Margaret Thatcher's death
Morrissey has attacked Baroness Thatcher after the former prime minister died
Members of the armed services will line the route of Baroness Thatcher's funeral procession to St Paul's Cathedral
A man lays a bunch of flowers outside the home of Lady Margaret Thatcher in Belgravia, London following her death
Margaret Thatcher pictured with her husband Denis in 1999
Margaret Thatcher waves to well-wishers after her 1983 election win
Margaret Thatcher arrives at 10 Downing Street after winning the 1979 election
The Union Flag is lowered to half mast at the Houses of Parliament after the death of Baroness Thatcher
Baroness Thatcher has died following a stroke
Margaret Thatcher at the Tory Party Conference in Brighton in 1980
Baroness Thatcher's death left some Twitter users with the impression that the singer Cher had died
Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher has died following a stroke
Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Visit to Northern Ireland. Mrs Thatcher talks to Siobhan O'Hars (left) and Katherine O'Hare during her visit to Rathmore Grammar School, Finaghy. 19/6/1978 BELFAST TELEGRAPH ARCHIVE
Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Visit to Northern Ireland. Director of the Belfast Tool and Gauge Company, Mr David Woods (left) discusses the workings of engineering components with Margaret Thatcher and department foreman Mr Robert McCullough at the factory. 6/3/1981 BELFAST TELEGRAPH ARCHIVE

The Labour former cabinet minister revealed the 1999 exchange as he explained why he did not want to attend the former premier's funeral service.

"I didn't feel I knew her well enough" to apply for the tickets offered to peers, he told BBC Radio 4's Today.

"Although I helped to organise the Labour Party's opposition to her policies throughout the 1980s, I only ever met her once.

"It was the day I was appointed Northern Ireland secretary and our paths crossed.

"She came up to me and she said, 'I've got one thing to say to you, my boy ... you can't trust the Irish, they are all liars', she said, 'liars, and that's what you have to remember, so just don't forget it'.

"With that she waltzed off and that was my only personal exposure to her."

Lord Mandelson, one of the central architects of New Labour, has criticised the scale of the funeral but accepted the Iron Lady "reframed British politics".

"I think what she was right to do was to bring home to us the reality that Britain could not afford rampant inflation, that state monopolies needed commercialising, that personal tax rates were too high and that enterprise was too unrewarding," he said.

"She was also right to argue that deregulation can be a valuable spur to innovation and efficiency and of course she tackled what was then a very disruptive and irresponsible trade union culture.

"But the truth is also that in cutting back the state necessarily, she overlooked what the state can also do successfully."

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