Jan 3, 2014

Bogus tape of Thatcher-Reagan spat baffled spies

A fake tape of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher arguing over the Falklands War had the British secret services scrambling to identify the culprits, archive files released Friday showed. The tape, supposedly a telephone recording of the U.S. president and the British prime minister, ...

Who's at the door? Oh, it's Gorbachev

Jan 3, 2014

Who's at the door? Oh, it's Gorbachev

In the scripted world of high-profile diplomacy, every move is planned weeks in advance, with seating charts, menus and toasts subject to careful scrutiny. So imagine Britain’s surprise when Mikhail Gorbachev made an unannounced, spontaneous visit to the prime minister’s residence at No. 10 ...

Queen's secret speech for WWIII revealed

Aug 1, 2013

Queen's secret speech for WWIII revealed

British government files from 1983, opened to the public for the first time Wednesday, include an official’s view of the message Queen Elizabeth II would have broadcast to the nation in the event of World War III. The speech was drafted as part of ...

A journey across Margaret Thatcher's England

Apr 20, 2013

A journey across Margaret Thatcher's England

by Elizabeth Day

Much of Eileen Jeffrey’s adult life has been shaped by a woman she never met and a prime minister she never voted for. “I remember Margaret Thatcher, of course I do,” Jeffrey says, standing in the shadow of the South Quay Docklands Light Railway ...

Thatcher 'gave nod to son's coup plans'

Apr 18, 2013

Thatcher 'gave nod to son's coup plans'

by Daniel Boffey

Margaret Thatcher approved of a failed attempt to use an army of mercenaries to overthrow the president of Equatorial Guinea, according to the unpublished memoirs of the chief protagonist of the bid — former SAS officer Simon Mann. The former prime minister, whose son, ...