Britain A Victory of Major Proportions

Thatcherism is alive and well as the Tories pick Maggie's favorite to succeed her, but the new Prime Minister is likely to go his own way on Europe

It must have been a bittersweet moment for Margaret Thatcher. Minutes after Britain's Conservative Party announced that it had chosen her next-door neighbor, Chancellor of the Exchequer John Major, to succeed her, the ousted Prime Minister dashed through the connecting door between No. 10 and No. 11 Downing Street to congratulate him. At 47, Major had just become the youngest man to assume the venerable office since 1894. As a smiling Thatcher watched from a second-floor window of the Chancellor's official residence, Major emerged to face the press and pay tribute to his political mentor, calling her "one of the most...

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