BRITAIN: Crowing Tories

A reprieve for the Iron Lady

For Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, the vicious struggle between left and right that erupted at the Labor Party's annual conference in Blackpool could not have been better timed. The growing discontent within her own party and even her own Cabinet was muted as the Tories, meeting last week in the seaside resort of Brighton, closed ranks to crow over their bitterly divided opposition. Exhorted Thatcher: "Let Labor's Orwellian nightmare of the left be a spur for us to rebuild the fortunes of this free nation."

Still, beneath the well-orchestrated harmony and...

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