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Shattered illusions

A little while ago I referred in a post  to ‘the brilliant new Kate Atkinson novel’. Then I went back to it, and came upon a line where Margaret Thatcher is grouped alongside Hitler and Pol Pot. I’m prepared to accept that might be the view of her character rather than the author, but if I’m wrong, I’m left wondering how someone can be supremely talented, yet, simultaneously, spectacularly fucking stupid. I’m no Thatcherite, by definition because I’m Scottish, but the lady won three general elections; to my mind that entitles her to a degree of respect.

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