Magazine article The Spectator

Her Brilliant Career

Magazine article The Spectator

Her Brilliant Career

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In 1975, when Keith Joseph dropped out of the race for the Tory leadership and his campaign manager stepped into his place, almost no one took it seriously. She was 'precisely the sort of candidate. . .

who ought to be able to stand, and lose, harmlessly' said the Economist. Only one publication in Britain backed her then, and our endorsement is reprinted in our supplement. The values she represented are the ones The Spectator has championed for decades:

small government, low taxes and personal freedom.

And a preference for those who enter politics to do something, rather than be someone.

Mrs T admired The Spectator's writers so much that she hired two of them: Patrick Cosgrave, author of the initial endorsement, and Ferdinand Mount, who was then being described by Graham Greene as 'the best parliamentary journalist since Taper'. …

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