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by Paul Butler

In November 1990, a left-wing British Labour MP publicly celebrated the downfall of Conservative Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. Jubilant before the television cameras, he declared the country should be delighted it has got rid of this "wicked, wicked woman."

     For many in the liberal-minded majority who had felt disenfranchised by more than a decade of right-wing rule, the statement was simplistic to say the least. Thatcher had been ousted, not by the electorate, but by her own party. The Conservatives –with their divisive, socially retrogressive policies– were still governing. Revealing the depths of their ruthlessness, they had cut down their leader the moment she had become an electoral liability.


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