“Weeping is putting it a bit strongly,” Osborne told BBC Radio 4’s “Today” show, when asked about television pictures that showed tears on his cheeks. “I welled up a bit because I thought it was very emotional and moving and at times overwhelming.”
The former Conservative prime minister’s funeral in St. Paul’s Cathedral on April 17 featured troops lining the route of her coffin through London and music by Brahms, Purcell and Parry. Richard Chartres, the Bishop of London, focused in his address on Thatcher’s faith and marriage, rather than her politics.
“The sermon and the music made for a very, very powerful and emotional moment,” Osborne said, before making light of the issue. “Occasionally I get a tear in my eye. Sometimes just when I listen to the ‘Today’ program headlines.”
“You know, when someone comes in with some family heirloom and it’s often the last bit in the program,” Balls was cited as telling Total Politics magazine in 2011. “And the expert says: ‘Do you know how much this is worth? It’s valued at X thousand pounds.’ And they say, ‘I’m amazed it’s worth that much, but it means more to me than money.’ Incredibly emotional.”
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