I first met Margaret Thatcher in the early 1970s, when she was Secretary of Education. My wife was doing research on education and urged that I meet her. It took a little doing because she did not see the absolute necessity of a Security Adviser meeting with a Minister of Education, but we did meet and it started a friendship, which lasted until she left us. I used to see her several times a year.
She set the tone in our first conversation, in which she pointed out to me that for her, political contests were not about adjusting views to …read more