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    Politicians are courting her again, too. David Cameron promised recently that Britain would return to 'good housekeeping' - a grateful nod to Grantham's own Housewife Superstar, Margaret Hilda Thatcher.

    Even Gordon Brown invited her back to her old house for tea, perhaps hoping the Iron Lady could put some lead in his own trembling pencil.
    So why now? Why suddenly do we feel able to celebrate this woman who divided us so bitterly?
    Hi! What do the above sentence highlighted in blue mean?

    Is it related to Brown recently tries to improve his image? Does pencil refer to eyebrow pencil?

    Thank you!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Thank you, Anglika. I understood.


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    I wonder what put the lead in Margaret Thatcher's pencil?

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    Hmm, I just dig myself into reading articles in English frequently for a few months. It is my first time to read such an expression in a well-known media outlet. Well, I don't try to be demure but I think it is really uncalled-for but not amusing. Do most Britons accept such a remark a columnist wrote in her article?

    I am not criticizing anything. I just hope to learn how Westerners think.

    If it is an improper question here, please feel free let me know.
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    Being a euphemism, it is acceptable.

    I don't know which journalist wrote this piece, but it is at the entertainment end of the spectrum rather than the serious comment end, even if there is an underlying serious intent. I would say it is a rather silly comment, not a particularly offensive one.

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    Hi Anglika, thank you very much for your reply.

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