Were Margaret Thatcher’s relationships with foreign leaders as straightforward as they appeared to the public? In this week’s Spectator cover feature, Pavel Stroilov provides a special insight into one particular relationship — Mikhail Gorbachev. Stroilov reveals the official Kremlin records of what Thatcher said to Gorbachev behind closed doors. On our View from 22 podcast, Thatcher biographer and advisor Robin Harris analyses her foreign policy legacy with Fraser Nelson, examining her relationship with world leaders, the personal and political differences that existed and the lessons the world today can take from her.
BBC Presenter and Spectator chairman Andrew Neil also joins to discuss Baroness Thatcher’s funeral; the significance of the occasion, whether the event was ‘burying a part of Britain’ and the chances of a similar funeral for another Prime Minister. Andrew also reveals the testy side of his relationship with Baroness Thatcher while he was editing the Sunday Times. Plus, we hear from James Forsyth on the age of cynical politics and the Boston Bombings, and from Fraser Nelson on the significance of his scoop announcing the BBC’s new Head of News.
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The View from 22 — 18 April 2013. Length: 32:26
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