Killing Thatcher: The IRA, the Manhunt and the Long War on the Crown

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Killing Thatcher: The IRA, the Manhunt and the Long War on the Crown

Killing Thatcher: The IRA, the Manhunt and the Long War on the Crown

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KILLING THATCHER is the gripping account of how the IRA came astonishingly close to killing Margaret Thatcher and to wiping out the British Cabinet - an extraordinary assassination attempt linked to the Northern Ireland Troubles and the most daring conspiracy against the Crown since the Gunpowder Plot.

Margaret Thatcher was the perfect opponent for the Provisional IRA, as implacable in her belief that right was on her side as they were in theirs. A few hours later he sat with a pint of Guinness, feigning indifference as he watched reports on cable TV in a pub. British police had his fingerprints since his days as a juvenile offender in Norwich, where he spent some of his childhood.Read more about the condition New: A new, unread, unused book in perfect condition with no missing or damaged pages. For the most part, though, he concentrates on the period after 1979 – the year in which Thatcher was elected and the IRA assassinated Lord Mountbatten (a great-grandson of Queen Victoria who had been viceroy of India) with a bomb placed on his fishing boat, which also killed three other people, two of them children. Neave had been shadow secretary of state for Northern Ireland and had advocated military escalation against the IRA. Given the subject matter, perhaps ‘enjoyed’ is not the correct word to use - but certainly engaging and beyond interesting.

By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions. I was no fan of ‘Maggie’ but whatever your views of her she did have a democratic right to be PM, at least under the election laws of our great UK.Politicians associated with Northern Ireland, defence, home affairs and justice – and, a fortiori, the prime minister – could no longer walk the streets or strike up casual conversations.

You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. Of the three principal players, it is Magee who emerges as the most enigmatic, unknowable character, a drifter whose life was given form by adherence to a single defining cause. She even changed her speech to tone down attacks on Neil Kinnock and the Labour party, cutting references to the “enemy within” and making her seem, if anything, more serene than usual. Thatcher is certainly no hero of mine, I'm well over the other side of the political spectrum, but to try and kill an elected leader, without any thought of others in the hotel (staff etc) is so abhorrent to everything a democracy stands for, that it is fascinating to get into the minds of the people who wanted to do it.If the prime minister had been killed, her successors could never have been seen talking to Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness and politics in Northern Ireland would have been frozen for a generation. The Brighton bombing is a magnet for alternative histories, sliding doors theories in which it is possible to enter a world of infinite speculation about what might have followed had the most consequential British politician of her time been murdered that night. They got their chance in 1985 when Magee was sent to the mainland with an IRA unit planning to bomb seaside resorts. Her acceptance of ‘police primacy’ informed her intransigence during the IRA hunger strikes of 1980 and 1981, making her the IRA’s prime target.

She came to power in 1979, a few months after her confidant, Airy Neave, had been killed when a bomb exploded under his car in the House of Commons. On one side, an elite IRA team aided by a renegade priest, US-raised funds and Libyas Qaddafi and on the other, intelligence officers, police detectives, informers and bomb disposal officers.Her survival and her anti-EU rhetoric made her a progenitor of Brexit and its unforeseen consequences for Northern Ireland, Carroll says, adding that this created “the great irony” that “it may be Margaret Thatcher’s legacy, not IRA bombs, that delivers a united Ireland”. With the amount of moles in the republican side, it’s amazing that the team managed to pull this off.

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