„She is a half-mad old bag lady. The Finchley Whinger.“

—  Tony Banks, An MP who took no prisoners, The Daily Telegraph, 2006-01-09 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/01/09/nbanks109.xml, http://www.geocities.com/Axiom43/insults.html on former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher again.
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