A statue of former US President Ronald Reagan has been unveiled at a ceremony outside the American embassy in central London. The unveiling on July 4, US Independence Day, marked 100 years since his birth. Baroness Thatcher, Reagan's soul-mate in power, was invited but was unable to attend. However, 2,000 other paying guests did and listened to remarks by British Foreign Secretary William Hague, former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and the current ambassador, Louis Susman. The creation of the statue - total cost $1m - did not grow out of a public clamour for a fitting memorial to the late president (though Westminster City Council made an exception to its usual rule refusing permission for statues until 10 years have passed since the subject's death). The event is part of a year-long series of big occasions to mark the centenary of Reagan's birth, organised by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. In the weeks prior to the London unveiling, statues have been unveiled and conferences convened in Krakow, Budapest and Prague. He took office in early 80s America at a time of decline, when he was 70 years of age..an age when most folks his age were putting their feet up. His critics said he got the USA further into debt by being over zealous with military spending , whilst making many other people poorer. But I always liked him, he had the balls to say what other didn't. Tear down that wall Mr Gorbechov, he shouted as he gave a speech in 1987 in Berlin. He loved our Maggie, who had a very close friendship and supported the UK when we were in the Falklands..though no US troops took part. He also never sent his troops to war whislt he was in Office, though air strikes were made by the US military on several operations.He justified military spending to make the US feel safe that it could defend itself from the Russians when the Cold war was alive. He also believed in human kind and fairness for all.However, Grandad Ronny was also controversial, I remember US troops in Grenada, which caused outrage, even from our own leader Maggie. He also hated workers Unions, if you remember the air traffic controllers who were given 48 hrs to go back to work. Wheter people agreed with his policies or not at the time, many look back at him with respect for being a more 'human' leader who seemed to get away with some of his faux pais... So is it right that 'Ronny' should get a statue in our capital?..Was Ronald Reagan a sweet grandfather figure, or a disasterous washed up actor?