Features January 2014
Serving to win
Margaret Thatcher constantly pursued policies that reflected either joint U.S.–U.K. interests or wider alliance interests
If there can be said to be a popular view of the connection between Margaret Thatcher and the Anglo-American Special Relationship, it would almost certainly be that the former was the latter’s strongest exponent among postwar Prime Ministers, sometimes to the point of sacrificing British national interests to wider alliance and U.S. ones. Mrs. Thatcher’s relationship with Ronald Reagan is sometimes depicted in that light, especially by domestic Labour and Liberal Democrat politicians. Around the time of the Grenada crisis, Denis Healey famously said, “When President Reagan says ‘Jump,’ Mrs. Thatcher asks: ‘How high?’ ” Friendlier Tory critics, too, such as the historians John Charmley and Max Hastings, have argued that Mrs. Thatcher...
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