By Mark Reynolds, Daily Express
AN extraordinary handwritten letter to a nine-year-old boy reveals the tender side to the Iron Lady – and her deep religious faith.
On March 15, 1980, David Liddelow, the young son of a vicar, wrote to the then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, posing her a tricky question.
The youngster, from Borehamwood, Herts, asked: “Last night when we were saying prayers my Daddy said everyone has done wrong things except Jesus. I said I don’t think you have done bad things because you are the Prime Minister. Am I right or is my Daddy?”
A few weeks later, David and his father, the Rev Peter Liddelow, were stunned – but equally delighted – to receive a lengthy handwritten reply from Mrs Thatcher.
In the missive, on 10 Downing Street headed notepaper, the Prime Minister explained that while it was a difficult question to answer, she would do her best.
And she admitted that even she was not perfect.
“However good we try to be, we can never be as kind, gentle and wise as Jesus,” Mrs Thatcher wrote in fountain pen.
David wrote similar letters to the Queen and the then Archbishop of Canterbury Robert Runcie, also receiving short replies from both.
But it was Mrs Thatcher’s reply which gave the fullest answer to his question.