The difference between one leader and another is?
“If you deny that personal responsibility you are denying the religious basis of life—that’s the difference between me and a Marxist. The values by which you and I live are not values given by the State.
“Christianity is about more than doing good works. It is a deep faith which expresses itself in your relationship to God. It is a sanctity, and no politician is entitled to take that away from you or to have what I call corporate State activities which only look at interests as a whole.
“So, you’ve got this double thing which you must aim for in religion, to work to really know your faith and to work it out in everyday life. You can’t separate one from the other. Good works are not enough because it would be like trying to cut a flower from its root; the flower would soon die because there would be nothing to revive it.”
Mrs Thatcher’s defence of the individual against the State is in her eyes founded on a Christian concept of man.
“The basis of democracy”, she says, “is morality, not majority voting. It is the belief that the majority of people are good and decent and that there are moral standards which come not from the State but from elsewhere.” – Margaret Thatcher, 1978.
Catholicherald.co.uk, Margaret Thatcher, 1978: ‘No faith is only a faith for Sundays’
Thatcher, M. 1988. Speech to General Assembly of the Church of Scotland