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How UK might have been without Thatcher

Many Britons had awoken with a jolt that morning in April 1982 as news of the invasion on their digital clock radios left them struggling to believe their ears, oblivious even to the breezy new duet by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder that followed.

Thatcher arrives at Downing Street in 1979 (www.gov.uk)

Thatcher arrives at Downing Street in 1979 (www.gov.uk)

But the panic had faded by the time they had boiled their kettles for tea and poured the milk onto their cornflakes with the realization that the little-known Falkland Islands were not, as most had assumed, just off the coast of Scotland.

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