Britain: It Happens Every Spring

After a hard winter, Thatcher finds a little sunshine for all

The daffodils were abloom in London's Hyde Park, and over at Downing Street, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher put on her brightest smile for the tourists. It was, after all, nearly the end of one of Britain's bitterest winters, and she had reason to think that sunnier days might be ahead for her government. Chancellor of the Exchequer Sir Geoffrey Howe had just presented the House of Commons with a new budget. It shrewdly offered a little something for everyone, effectively assuaging dissidents within the Tories' own ranks and taking the...

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