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Midnight in Moscow, Twilight in London

Even as Margaret Thatcher strode onto the world stage with Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, and the election campaign gathered pace, her colleagues began to feel disenchanted. Party chairman Norman Tebbit saw her as a 'medieval monarch wondering who has his eyes on the crown', and Sir Geoffrey Howe thought her trumpeted 'special relationship' with Reagan was at the expense of relations with Europe. Nigel Lawson claimed she distrusted her colleagues, and she, in turn, thought of him as 'a man of many talents... but great drawbacks'. As the economy worsened and problems with the poll tax began to loom, the prime minister found herself even more isolated behind the newly erected Downing Street security gates.

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1 hour

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Sat 31 Aug 2013 20:10


Role Contributor
WriterDenys Blakeway
DirectorDenys Blakeway
Executive ProducerHugh Scully
Executive ProducerSamir Shah

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