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Coming to terms with Thatcher

Why the Conservatives are finally making peace with the former Prime Minister's legacy

By John McTernan  

Margaret Thatcher In London On February 11th 1975. © Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images

Once, when travelling from Hong Kong to the US, Sir Robin Butler, then Cabinet Secretary, told Margaret Thatcher he was going to bed. You can, she replied, I certainly won’t, I have papers to read. He had a point. On this trip they had already met Gorbachev, still Communist Party secretary, in the USSR. Then Deng Xiaoping in Hong Kong…

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