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Blogs and interviews about political history

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The Fall of Thatcher - more grandeur, less Grantham

A series of conversations with those in the cabinet room when Margaret Thatcher resigned

37 minMAR 1
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The Fall of Thatcher - more grandeur, less Grantham

The Fall of Thatcher - Loyal Lamont faces reality

A series of conversations with everyone in the cabinet room when Margaret Thatcher tearfully resigned in November 1990

20 min2019 SEP 28
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The Fall of Thatcher - Loyal Lamont faces reality

The Fall of Thatcher - The Last Man In

William Waldegrave was the last man promoted to the cabinet by Margaret Thatcher. Within weeks he was one to one with her being asked if she could stay on as Prime Minister.

24 min2019 AUG 1
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The Fall of Thatcher - The Last Man In

The Fall of the Thatcher - she could have held on

A series of conversations with all the ministers and officials in the cabinet room in November 1990 when a tearful Margaret Thatcher announced she was resigning.

--2019 JUN 25
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The Fall of the Thatcher - she could have held on

The Fall of Thatcher - in the middle of war

Tom King was Margaret Thatcher's defence secretary. In November 1990 he was running the biggest deployment of UK troops since World War II for Operation Desert Shield against Saddam Hussein. He returned to find his boss on the way out and pleaded with her to pre-announce her departure so a more orderly exit could ensue. James Mackay was a Scottish lawyer who by November 1990 found himself number two in the cabinet, reading a tribute to Margaret Thatcher - and helping her struggle through her resignation statement. Both say it's a meeting they will never forget.

29 min2019 APR 18
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The Fall of Thatcher - in the middle of war

The Fall of Thatcher - a squalid coup

Margaret Thatcher was the longest serving Prime Minister of the twentieth century. She never lost an election. She even won the leadership election that precipitated her fall. But she was still booted out of Downing St? The member of the cabinet tell me why perhaps Britain's most successful Prime Minister met such an end.

21 min2019 MAR 24
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The Fall of Thatcher - a squalid coup

The Fall of Thatcher - the Brighton Bomb

A series of interviews with all those in the cabinet room when Margaret thatcher resigned

31 min2019 MAR 7
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The Fall of Thatcher - the Brighton Bomb

The Fall of Thatcher - the Remainer

A series of conversations with poplin the cabinet room when Margaret Thacther resigned in 1990

--2019 JAN 22
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The Fall of Thatcher - the Remainer

The Fall of Thatcher - what Butler saw

Continuing a series of interviews with the people in the cabinet room when Margaret Thatcher resigned - the cabinet secretary at the at the time, Lord Butler remembers a traumatic day.

24 min2018 NOV 22
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The Fall of Thatcher - what Butler saw

The Fall of Thatcher - Inside the bunker

Dominic Morris and Barry Potter were Private Secretaries to Margaret Thatcher. They were in the room when she resigned and had dinner with her the night before she left Downing St. They remember the dramatic and traumatic end of Britain's first Prime Minister.

31 min2018 NOV 5
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The Fall of Thatcher - Inside the bunker

Latest Episodes

The Fall of Thatcher - more grandeur, less Grantham

A series of conversations with those in the cabinet room when Margaret Thatcher resigned

37 minMAR 1
Comments
The Fall of Thatcher - more grandeur, less Grantham

The Fall of Thatcher - Loyal Lamont faces reality

A series of conversations with everyone in the cabinet room when Margaret Thatcher tearfully resigned in November 1990

20 min2019 SEP 28
Comments
The Fall of Thatcher - Loyal Lamont faces reality

The Fall of Thatcher - The Last Man In

William Waldegrave was the last man promoted to the cabinet by Margaret Thatcher. Within weeks he was one to one with her being asked if she could stay on as Prime Minister.

24 min2019 AUG 1
Comments
The Fall of Thatcher - The Last Man In

The Fall of the Thatcher - she could have held on

A series of conversations with all the ministers and officials in the cabinet room in November 1990 when a tearful Margaret Thatcher announced she was resigning.

--2019 JUN 25
Comments
The Fall of the Thatcher - she could have held on

The Fall of Thatcher - in the middle of war

Tom King was Margaret Thatcher's defence secretary. In November 1990 he was running the biggest deployment of UK troops since World War II for Operation Desert Shield against Saddam Hussein. He returned to find his boss on the way out and pleaded with her to pre-announce her departure so a more orderly exit could ensue. James Mackay was a Scottish lawyer who by November 1990 found himself number two in the cabinet, reading a tribute to Margaret Thatcher - and helping her struggle through her resignation statement. Both say it's a meeting they will never forget.

29 min2019 APR 18
Comments
The Fall of Thatcher - in the middle of war

The Fall of Thatcher - a squalid coup

Margaret Thatcher was the longest serving Prime Minister of the twentieth century. She never lost an election. She even won the leadership election that precipitated her fall. But she was still booted out of Downing St? The member of the cabinet tell me why perhaps Britain's most successful Prime Minister met such an end.

21 min2019 MAR 24
Comments
The Fall of Thatcher - a squalid coup

The Fall of Thatcher - the Brighton Bomb

A series of interviews with all those in the cabinet room when Margaret thatcher resigned

31 min2019 MAR 7
Comments
The Fall of Thatcher - the Brighton Bomb

The Fall of Thatcher - the Remainer

A series of conversations with poplin the cabinet room when Margaret Thacther resigned in 1990

--2019 JAN 22
Comments
The Fall of Thatcher - the Remainer

The Fall of Thatcher - what Butler saw

Continuing a series of interviews with the people in the cabinet room when Margaret Thatcher resigned - the cabinet secretary at the at the time, Lord Butler remembers a traumatic day.

24 min2018 NOV 22
Comments
The Fall of Thatcher - what Butler saw

The Fall of Thatcher - Inside the bunker

Dominic Morris and Barry Potter were Private Secretaries to Margaret Thatcher. They were in the room when she resigned and had dinner with her the night before she left Downing St. They remember the dramatic and traumatic end of Britain's first Prime Minister.

31 min2018 NOV 5
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The Fall of Thatcher - Inside the bunker
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