Thatcher makes the Stones respectable

Saturday 22 October 2011 22:49
comments

It was the meeting that at one time would have been totally unthinkable - Margaret Thatcher entertaining the Rolling Stones to tea and biscuits in her hotel suite.

Time was when the Stones were seen as anti-establishment rebels and almost a threat to the national way of life.

But more than three decades in the industry, Mick Jagger and the band could hardly have a more official stamp of approval.

After spending time chatting with Jagger and Charlie Watts in her hotel suite in Hawaii a few weeks ago, Baroness Thatcher declared the Stones "a great British export".

Details of the meeting were confirmed yesterday by a spokeswoman for Lady Thatcher who said: "She was delighted to have them up to her hotel room during a visit to Hawaii where she was attending a conference." However, the spokeswoman could not confirm reports that Jagger and Watts had left the room converted Thatcherites. "You'll have to ask them about that," she said.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

View comments