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By Anthony Seldon, Daniel Collings

Publish yr note: First released November sixth 1999

This concise, obtainable, and balanced old research of the Thatcher years and their effects analyzes many debatable points of Margaret Thatcher's premiership, together with the Falklands warfare, the miner's strike, sour kin with Europe and the ill-fated ballot tax.

Books during this Seminar stories in heritage sequence bridge the distance among textbook and professional survey and involves a quick "Introduction" and/or "Background" to the topic by way of a considerable and authoritative component to "Analysis" concentrating on the most subject matters and concerns. there's a succinct "Assessment" of the topic, a beneficiant number of "Documents" and an in depth bibliography.

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However, Mrs Thatcher faced a dilemma over this notoriously prickly issue for Tory leaders, where the right of the party still did not accept the principle of ‘one man: one vote’ in Africa. Several right-wing Conservative MPs were supporters of Smith, and as Smith had made some concessions their calls for Rhodesia to be at last recognised became more persuasive, particularly as independent monitors reported that the 1979 elections had been fairly conducted. There were also risks in supporting the Patriotic Front, whom many, including Mrs Thatcher, regarded as terrorists.

Prior’s method of advance on this notoriously difficult ground of the 1970s was to hold delicate union consultations to obtain the backing of the more moderate union leaders while stressing that his legislation would fulfil the manifesto commitments. Although Mrs Thatcher was content to go along with this approach at first, when the Iron and Steel Trades Confederation called its members out on strike on 2 January 1980 over a pay dispute, backbench impatience with union reform became evident. This pressure found much sympathy with the Prime Minister and she called for Prior’s legislation to be strengthened and secondary picketing to be made illegal immediately.

However, the Foreign Office’s advice was overruled by a Defence Secretary determined to make the cuts that the leader expected. It was to prove false economy of the most extreme kind. The 19 March 1982 saw the Argentinian flag flying on the nearby British dependency of South Georgia. While the Argentine Junta claimed no knowledge of this landing, by the evening of 31 March London was receiving intelligence stating that Argentina would 57 invade the islands on 2 April. The intelligence proved accurate.

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