30 January 2010

Sofa government, Thatcher style

Blair, so the story goes, needed a sofa to take those all important decisions with a few close colleagues, but not Thatcher:

It is most important that we get the structure and strategy right and I have already come to the conclusion that I shall have to make most of the important decisions myself.

Except, of course, she didn't.  When it came to fighting the odd war, Uncle Harold Macmillan had to be called in to tell her how to do it.  She later said:

I never regretted following Harold Macmillan's advice. We were never tempted to compromise the security of our forces for financial reasons. Everything we did was governed by military necessity.

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