Britain the Very Best of Friends

Despite troubles at home, Thatcher shines in Washington

She gladly claims that no one admires Ronald Reagan more than she does. "I'm his greatest fan," Margaret Thatcher has said. For his part, Reagan has never hidden his glowing respect for the Conservative British leader. So it came as no surprise that Thatcher and Reagan behaved like a two-person mutual admiration society during the Prime Minister's two-day visit to Washington last week, lavishing each other with high praise and champagne toasts. The British leader also enjoyed an ebullient welcome on Capitol Hill when she addressed a joint meeting of the Congress. Small wonder that Thatcher, as one aide put it,...

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