Magazine May 3, 2010, Issue

What Would Thatcher Do?

David Cameron (Lefteris Pitarakis/AP)
Perhaps what Tory leader David Cameron has done

On May 6, 2010, the British Tories hope to win their first general election since 1992, the year of John Major’s against-the-odds, massively surprising victory. If 2,000 British people had voted differently, Major would not have had a majority. The last time the party of Margaret Thatcher had won convincingly was in 1987, when the Iron Lady’s economic revolution was at its height.

The party suffered its worst modern-day defeat in 1997, when Tony Blair swept to power. In that election the party won just 31 percent of the national vote. The Conservatives made little progress in the two subsequent elections: …

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