Britain: Off and Running

Thatcher calls a snap election

The campaign will be brief, but the election will present British voters with their starkest choice in a half-century. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has steered her Conservative Party hard to the right over the past four years. At the same time, the Labor Party, under the lackluster and ineffectual leadership of Michael Foot, offers a platform that is more leftist than ever before. The Social Democratic Party/Liberal Alliance, which is competing in general elections for the first time, adds a new element of uncertainty to the contest. Said...

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