World: Britain's Pragmatic Patrician

The man who is pulling the Rhodesian thorn from Britain's side once described himself as "a product of privilege." Indeed, Peter Alexander Rupert Carington, 60, sixth Baron Carrington,* bears all the hallmarks of his patrician heritage: urbanity, erudition and an icy self-assurance sometimes bordering on arrogance. He has, says a friend, "that aristocratic, flippant manner that makes him free of inhibitions or a sense of inadequacy." Though he has never held elective office, the trim, impeccably tailored Carrington is regarded as a consummate politician. He has more governmental experience than anyone else in the Thatcher Cabinet—"more than all of us...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!