Britain: Oof! Pow! Bam! Thwack!

The gloves come off as Campaign '83 starts fast and ugly

As the rolling, majestic cadences of Rule Britannia sounded in London's packed Conservative Party headquarters, a confident Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, 57, strode to the podium to fire the first official salvo in Britain's surprise 1983 election campaign. Flanked by Cabinet ministers, beneath a bright blue banner proclaiming the new Tory slogan BRITAIN STRONG AND FREE, Thatcher lost no time — and squandered no politesse—in proclaiming her determination to "ensure that Britain remains a steadfast ally in an uncertain world." She unveiled...

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