Monday February 24, 2020

Book review: Margaret Thatcher, The Authorised Biography Volume Three

A warts-and-all account of the Iron Lady’s later years

27th October, 2019
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Margaret Thatcher with Ronald Reagan at 10 Downing Street in 1984

Margaret Thatcher was not a great fan of the Good Friday Agreement. Her personal papers contain a heavily annotated copy, with wavy lines used to indicate the passages she found particularly offensive. The release of republican prisoners was her biggest concern, hardly surprisingly since one had come within minutes of killing her in the 1984 Brighton bomb.

“I have one objective,” prime minister Thatcher told taoiseach Charles Haughey, a man she never really trusted, “to beat...

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