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Kevin Cullen

The Irish education of Margaret Thatcher

I always wanted to have lunch with Margaret Thatcher. She was one of the most intriguing players in an epic story I spent many years covering, but I never had the pleasure of her company.

Had I ever managed that lunch, somewhere between dessert and the check, I would have asked her just how and why, with hindsight, someone as brilliant and as politically sophisticated could have gotten the Irish so spectacularly wrong.

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