Uncommon Knowledge: The Lord And Lady Thatcher


In 1997, Margaret Thatcher asked Charles Moore (also known as Lord Baron Moore of Etchingham) to write her biography, under two conditions: that she would never read the manuscript and that the work would appear only after her death. Twenty-four years later, Moore has just published the third and final volume of Herself Alone: The Authorized Biography. In this conversation, Peter Robinson and Moore discuss Thatcher’s final years as prime minister and her life out of office. They delve into Thatcher’s relationships with the world leaders of her era, including Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev. They also discuss her image now, seven years after her passing, including her portrayal in Netflix’s The Crown. Moore points out that while the show gets many personal details about Thatcher correct, it takes massive liberties when depicting her relationship with Queen Elizabeth and her stewardship of many important events that occurred during her tenure as prime minister, including the Falklands War and the coal miners’ strike.

Recorded on December 14, 2020

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  1. Basil Fawlty Member
    Basil Fawlty

    There’s a great mondegreen lurking in that headline.

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  2. Bruce Mamont Thatcher
    Bruce Mamont
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       I just finished listening to this podcast, which inspired me to buy all three volumes of the biography on Amazon. I regret that even the Kindle edition won’t include recordings like those you played during the interview. I was glad to hear the discussion of Gillian Anderson’s portrayal of Mrs. Thatcher on The Crown. My reluctance to watch this season seems to have been a good call; after all, I’m a Thatcher level member of Ricochet.

      Have you seen The Iron Lady? Would you recommend it or (as I fear from watching the first few minutes before I abandoned the effort) a hatchet job?


    Bruce Mamont

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