World 14 October 2012 Mitt Romney sends birthday wishes to Margaret Thatcher The US presidential candidate wishes the former PM a happy 87th birthday. Sign up for our weekly email * Print HTML He's never one to shy away from controversy, is he? Mitt Romney has tweeted his birthday wishes to Margaret Thatcher on the occasion of her 87th birthday, calling her a "tower of strength in the cause of liberty". The US is blessed with courageous friends. Happy Birthday to the Iron Lady, Margaret Thatcher - a tower of strength in the cause of liberty. — Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) October 13, 2012 It's an act that's likely to polarise his support here in the UK - but then that seems to be the way he campaigns in the US, too. › Social media prosecutions threaten free speech in the UK - and beyond Margaret Thatcher in 2010. Photograph: Getty Images Caroline Crampton is assistant editor of the New Statesman. She writes a weekly podcast column. Subscribe More Related articles When Donald Trump talks, remember that Donald Trump almost always lies As the Gaslighter-in-Chief takes office, remember: you're not going mad What is “kompromat” and how does it work?