Britain: Under Fire

Harsh words among the Tories

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MAGGIE! read the 80-ft. banner towed across the gray skies by a small biplane piloted by a fervent Tory supporter. Inside the rococo Winter Gardens ballroom at the seaside resort of Blackpool, the 4,000 delegates to the annual Conservative Party conference last week joined in song and cheers as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, a self-assured 56, uncorked a bottle of champagne and cut the birthday cake. Exuding confidence, Thatcher picked up on the theme she had stated briskly on her arrival earlier in the day: "All is well....

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