Remembering Thatcher

When Thatcher met Reagan, neither was in their first flush of youth. She was 50 and he 65. She was the leader of Britain’s opposition; he a former governor of California. It was by no means obvious that either would win power.

They bonded instantly. Although born almost a generation and an ocean and continent apart, they found they were completing each other’s sentences.

It was Thatcher’s charisma that those who thought of her as merely a hectoring bossy-boots did not grasp. And it was that sense of subdued danger and not-quite-erotic excitement that inspired her political marriage to Reagan, the most important Anglo-American alliance since that of Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt.

Reagan enjoyed her robust approach to common problems, Thatcher his natural sense of courtliness. She never let him forget he was the most powerful man on earth; he never let her forget she was an attractive woman. 

    Their intimate friendship was expressed at every turn in fond birthday wishes and private messages scribbled in the margins of official documents. 

    Their sweet letters to each other, to mark high points of their shared lives and landmark personal events such as birthdays and wedding anniversaries, read more like the billet-doux of teenage lovers than world statesmen.

Read the full story at the Mail Online HERE

Listen to Wapshott and Sir Harold Evans discuss Thatcher's life and legacy on Bloomberg Radio HERE

Thatcher's eulogy to Reagan at his Washington Cathedral funeral

here were three widows at Reagan’s funerals: Nancy; his first wife the actress Jane Wyman; and Thatcher. 
    Of the three, it was Thatcher, dressed all in black with a fine black gauze veil, who lingered over the flag-draped coffin the longest and stole the show.

Meryl Streep’s 'Iron Lady' may pass muster as a sly piece of brutal political theater, but as a record of Thatcher and her many achievements, both for good and ill, it is a pitiless, poisonous travesty.

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