Harper loyalists struggling to find a suitable parting gift need look no further. How about a lovely pair of old Maggie's drawers?
Clothing and personal effects of Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven, The Iron Lady, will be coming up for auction at Christie's in London on December 15th.
When I read the notice what sprang to mind was the old army song, "Maggie's Drawers," dating back to the 30s. Somewhat along the lines of that naval great, "The North Atlantic Squadron," Maggie's Drawers is a thoroughly ribald, vulgar and crass little ditty that comes in several iterations, none of them remotely suitable for mixed company.
The term Maggie's Drawers was also used to describe a red flag that was waived by the umpires at a rifle range to signify that the shooter had completely missed the target.
And, lest you think it gauche that Dame Thatcher's dainties should be flogged to the great unwashed public, a rather voluminous pair of Queen Victoria's knickers was sold this past July, fetching a handsome 10,500 quid.
|Maggie en route to give unruly colliery workers a damned smart lesson.|