Reports of the Thatcher effect are absolute nonsense and there are no scientific backs to back them up at all, said Glenda Jackson, one of Britain's top political climate change deniers, yesterday.
If true, the reports of a northern female from the lower orders breaking through the glass ceiling would be a terrifying portent. Many, like Jackson, have grown accustomed to Britain's staid class bound, sclerotic social system and thrived in it. If the social defences are breached, millions of oiks could flood through and Britain's political aristocracy could find themselves struggling to keep their heads above water. But Jackson said there is no danger of any meritocracy breaking out any time soon.
"I'm no scientist, but you don't have to be realise that these so called reports are nonsense," said Jackson, a professional actor who later used her position to obtain a top posting in politics. Some claim her qualifications are bogus however.
But Jackson was sticking by her analysis. "I'm not saying Thatcher didn't exist or that she was female. But she wasn't a woman," said Jackson, "not the way I measure it. So those figures don't count."