Margaret Thatcher


David Cameron’s place in the premier league of Tory history

Where will David Cameron rank among Tory prime ministers?

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Will anyone fight, fight and fight again to save what’s left of New Labour?

Five years ago this Saturday, Ed Miliband was crowned Labour leader. Three days later, he had to deliver his first…


Why I’ve finally given up on the left

I cannot be part of a movement run by half-educated fanatics


‘I was facing truths I didn’t particularly want to look at’: Michael Moorcock interview

Cult novelist Michael Moorcock on fantasy, his father, and the London he loved and lost

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William Waldegrave: too nice ever to have been PM

‘Lobbying,’ writes William Waldegrave in this extraordinary memoir, ‘takes many forms.’ But he has surely reported a variant hitherto unrecorded…

Selling power: a Spitting Image Thatcher puppet

Which political souvenirs are worth hanging on to

My first reaction on hearing of Margaret Thatcher’s death in 2013 was: ‘Great — now my autograph from her will…


The wonderful, vanishing world of the handwritten letter

In praise of the old-fashioned letter-writer

One of Wilford's most treasured clients Herbert von Karajan. Photo: Getty Images

The most powerful man in classical music

When Margaret Thatcher imagined perfect power, she thought of the orchestral conductor. ‘She envied me,’ said Herbert von Karajan, ‘that…

David Cameron Meets With Angela Merkel In Berlin

Charles Moore’s notes: The anti-EU camp need to be sure what No means

It is natural to assume that, if a majority votes No in the referendum on Britain’s EU membership, we shall…

The last Europe vote, 40 years on

Forty years on The forthcoming EU referendum has rekindled memories of the in-out Common Market referendum of 1975. But it…

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What to drink when you're on a cloud of post-election euphoria

Most of my friends are still on a cloud of post-election euphoria. There is one exception: those involved with opinion-polling.…

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This election has made me understand how it felt to be a lefty under Thatcher

On the weekend of 25 April 2015 I started to believe that the party I supported might not win an…

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The art of political biography remains in intensive care if Giles Radice’s latest book is anything to go by, says Simon Heffer

With the odd exception — I think principally of Charles Moore’s life of Margaret Thatcher — the genre of political…

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Another enemy within: Thatcher (and Wilson) vs the BBC

In a ‘Dear Bill’ letter in Private Eye, an imaginary Denis Thatcher wrote off the BBC as a nest of…

Want more diversity? Hire groups, not individuals

If I were to give you a budget to choose your perfect house, you would quickly have a clear idea…


The Heckler: how funny really was Spitting Image?

Hold the front page! Spitting Image is back! Well, sort of. A new six-part series, from (some of) the team…


The elderly are society’s new baddies

The gulf in understanding between the old and the young has widened with the news that the young are beginning…

Steve McFadden
Still life in the old slogan: Maurice Saatchi’s famous 1978 poster was adapted three decades later when the unemployment figures were announced in March 2009

Even the people who make political adverts aren’t sure they work

It is a common prejudice about modern politics that it is all focus groups and spin, all public relations and…

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Don't believe the gloom-mongers: deflation will be good for Britain

Campaigning in Putney in 1978, Mrs Thatcher famously took out a pair of scissors and cut a pound note down…

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Without childhood traumas, how did Alan Bennett ever become a writer?

‘So — take heart,’ said Alan Bennett, sending us out from his play, Cocktail Sticks, on a cheery note. The…

Fair Maid Of Kent

All you’ll ever need to know about the history of England in one volume

Here is a stupendous achievement: a narrative history of England which is both thorough and arresting. Very few writers could…

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Richard Madeley’s diary: Forgetting Tom Conti’s name, and other harrowing experiences

Oh God, it’s happened again. Another evening where I’m surrounded by people I know personally or have interviewed, and I…


Mark Amory's diary: Confessions of a literary editor

Until recently I used to claim that I had been literary editor of The Spectator for over 25 years; now…