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    Britain Needs Margaret Thatcher

    Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher waves to the press at her home, after leaving Cromwell Hospital on November 1, 2010 in London, England. Baroness Thatcher was admitted to hospital 12 days ago after contracting flu, she missed a party at Downing Street on October 14, 2010 to celebrate her 85th birthday because of her illness.

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    Margaret Thatcher was one of Britain’s most divisive political leaders of the past century—and she may be just what the country needs now. That’s according to King’s College history professor Richard Vinen, who writes in The New York Times that her political style is uniquely tailored to the U.K.’s current challenges. With the country facing economic catastrophe, leaders will need to make dramatic, deeply unpopular decisions. That would be no problem for the Iron Lady: “She was at her best when odds seemed against her or when she had clear enemies.” 

    Read it at the New York Times