Leach Factor

I think she and her Ministers were influenced by Henry Leach in favor of re-taking the Falklands. He gave them confidence it could be done. As I recall, he was coming back or going to some naval dinner and happened to be in full dress uniform. He was the nearest thing to the voice of God on an occasion when nerves were fraught. But he confirmed Mrs. T.’s opinion rather than changing it.

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Fire the FBI Chief

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