Just hours after a statue of the late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was unveiled in her hometown of Grantham, Lincolnshire, the monument was vandalized by a leftist protester.
Sunday morning, a man in a white shirt walked up to the fence surrounding the 20-foot statue with a carton of eggs. He threw several, striking it with one. Officials say police arrived minutes later.
The courageous egg thrower, reported to be local arts center boss Jeremy Webster, 59, later boasted online that he is the first to vandalize the monument.
Nevermind that the prime minister stood up to communist authoritarianism in Russia decades before it became fashionable to oppose Moscow’s current despot. And nevermind that Thatcher shattered the so-called “glass ceiling” when female politicians were rarely seen as international leaders.
The statue is mounted on a 10-foot tall plinth under video surveillance within a temporary fence to prevent vandalism.
Shamefully, the statue was offered to Thatcher’s hometown only after plans to locate it in Parliament Square in London were rejected. The Westminster Council turned it down in 2018 over what it said were “fears of civil disobedience and vandalism.”
Thatcher, the daughter of a local grocer, impacted the world in ways the locals then could not know and protesters now cannot conceptualize.
The prime minister dubbed the “Iron Lady” by the Soviets themselves formed a formidable wall of opposition to communist tyranny. She was the first among the trio that included President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II to see potential for productive engagement with Mikhail Gorbachev.
When local politicians in 2020 approved the honor for Thatcher in the town where she was born and raised, leftists immediately erupted. A Facebook announcement of an “egg throwing contest” at the statue’s eventual unveiling drew over 1,100 commitments to attend.
The actions of a failed artist with an errant throwing arm hardly detract from the accomplishments of a cold warrior who stood up to the Iron Curtain long enough to watch it fall. Attacking monuments, whether in the U.S., U.K. or elsewhere, only displays the ignorance of the attackers.