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Protestors against the Falklands war didn’t want to see Thatcher succeed. What if they had gotten their way? Photo: Danny Birchall/Flickr Creative Commons

It is one of the most tantalising “what ifs” of recent British history. Thatcherism could so easily have come to a grinding halt in May 1982, rather than eight and a half years later, in November 1990.

The whole Falklands venture was fought on a knife edge. “One major mishap, a mine, an explosion, a fire, whatever, in either of our two aircraft carriers, would almost certainly have proved fatal to the whole operation.” (Not Tam Dalyell…

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