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a fascinating, though sometimes personal, account
on 1 June 2013
I thoroughly enjoyed this well written and informative account of the life Margaret Thatcher. The author, Robin Harris, who worked in the Cabinet office until Thatcher's defenestration in 1990, and who remained close to her in her retirement, including by drafting her memoirs,has clearly attempted to give an unbiased view. He does not shy away from critism of Thatcher's behaviour or at times of her policies or performance. For example he draws attention to her sometimes strident manner with colleagues, and is lukewarm at best about her perfomance as Education Secretary in the Heath government. John Major, Malcolm Rifkind and assorted other former colleagues are excoriated in these pages.
Overall all however, it is clear that the author held Margaret Thatcher in the highest regard, both as a person and as a leader who utterly changed the British politcal landscape.
Harris's personal political position tends to shine through at times - disapproval of the European Union,strong admiration for Ronald Reagan, approval of the actions taken by the USA in Greneda and many other events and personalities receive a little personal touch in the account...Neil Kinnock is usually found in sentences which also include the word 'unfortunately'
This, then, is a personal view of the life of Margaret Thatcher, which covers all the key events and players, and makes for entertaining and informative reading. The years after office receive good coverage, and there is enough information here to make clear the sad decline of her memory and faculties towards the end of her life, particularly after the death of her husband.
Well worth reading whatever your political views - Thatcher bestrode British politics for over a decade, and her policy legacy has lived on through every government since, and is likely to do so for some time yet