An Interview with Thatcher

The Prime Minister argues for strong doctrines at home and abroad

In the world outside, her policies and her government were being buffeted by bleak statistics and sour skepticism. But in her quietly elegant office at No. 10 Downing Street, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was a study in controlled serenity nearing the end of another demanding day. Wearing a sleek black and gold-lamé dinner gown she had chosen for an earlier portrait sitting, she talked animatedly with London Bureau Chief Bonnie Angelo and TIME'S Frank Melville. On economic issues she was the patient teacher, with some pointers for the new occupant of...

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