Union leader set his alarm early so he could hate Margaret Thatcher for longer

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

A senior union leader has said he hated former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher so much he set his alarm clock an hour earlier so he could “hate her for an hour longer” each day.

Tosh McDonald, President of train drivers’ union ASLEF, told the Labour Party conference he stopped the practice after Mrs Thatcher’s death in 2013.

Delegates booed at the mention of Baroness Thatcher, who Mr McDonald said came to power a month before he started work on the railway in 1979.

Speaking in Liverpool, he said: "I hated her. I wish I could be like Jeremy and rise above it but I can't...

"I did set my alarm clock an hour earlier than I needed just so I could hate her for an hour longer.

"Since she died I don't do that anymore, I just set my alarm at the right time, but I still wake up an hour earlier - I can't help it."