Opinions: Would you like Mrs Thatcher back?

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JANE DUDLEY, student:

Oh yeah, bring her back. And why not bring back Attila the Hun while you're at it. She's hardly likely to be a favourite with students. I'd like to see her try to live on a grant.

SIR BERNARD INGHAM, former press secretary to Margaret Thatcher: I don't think it's realistic; it's not going to happen. I'm not prepared to discuss it.

STEVE NALLON, Margaret Thatcher lookalike: My goodness, my goodness, what a difficult question. Well, it was useful having such a high profile. She really wanted to be the Queen, Major really wants to be a train-spotter - and it was more fun being Queen. She was regarded as quintessentially English, so I still get invited round the world. Now that she's free to accept invitations more, I suppose she should be competition, but I'm much cheaper.

WILLIAM MILLER, TV producer: No, I certainly wouldn't. She has completely destroyed the BBC. She thought we were a bunch of Commie bastards and wanted us out of the way. At least Major knows the BBC is a good place and has left it alone.

PETER PARSONS, estate agent: It's not her I want back so much as the property boom. But if she could magically restore us to those happy, happy days then I'd welcome her back with great big smacking kisses . . .

MIRZA HIRJIC, Bosnian Information Centre: Oh, we would like, of course] Basically Margaret Thatcher was the best Prime Minister since 1838. She did so much about bringing Britain to the top again, now it is on the level of Angola.

NENAD PETROVICH, Serbian Information Service: No, no, certainly not. She has played rather badly over Bosnia. If Margaret Thatcher was actually in power she would be much more diplomatic, and wouldn't have dared to express such extremist views.

SOPHIE MIRMAN, founder of Sock Shop: It's not a good idea to jog backwards. Even if she was still in power I don't think the situation would be much different. In her first six or seven years she restored to the British a sense of faith in themselves, but she created a bubble that was sure to burst. But I don't think a great deal of Mr Major, he's rather uninspiring.

DR DEREK BOOTH, British Wild Boar Association: Not particularly. I didn't fare very well under Thatcher myself. I had a long-standing interest in the commercial and scientific value of pigs, but because of the cuts in research grants, I was made redundant.

LINDI ST CLAIR, former Madam: Yes, definitely. At least she knew what she wanted. John Major's a dithering wimp. I'm all for dominant, superior women, she could wipe the floor with John Major.

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