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Did Bette Davis live and die in vain? I want Wallis Simpson in all her adulterous, Nazi-loving glory – even if it makes her a bitch

I have no intention of going to see The Iron Lady. This is not for political reasons (though there is that) but because it's by the same director as Mamma Mia!, which was like a drunken Club Med hoedown shot through a sock. Worse, I hear they've softened Margaret Thatcher in an effort to make her seem human and vulnerable. Again, I don't object to this for political reasons (though there is that) but because it's not what I want from a movie about one of the most powerful women of our time.

No, what I really want is for screenwriters to go Shakespearean on Thatcher's ass. I don't care if we're tricked into empathising, even sympathising with her, just so long as we get hamartia, »

- Anne Billson

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