The Thatcher Crisis Years

1980s politics blog from TV historian Tony McMahon

Government papers released now reveal that within Thatcher’s government there was real concern about sole American control of nuclear weapons stationed in the UK – especially at the time of the Greenham Common protests.  Defence secretaries John Nott then Michael Heseltine would have liked dual keys over the weapons of mass destruction but they didn’t …

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queen shot

An incident you may have forgotten or been unaware of – but back in 1981, Her Majesty The Queen was shot at several times during the annual Trooping Of The Colour.  In those days, the Queen rode side saddle down the Mall from Buckingham Palace to Horse Guards Parade and that’s when an unemployed military …

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