Sunday 25 February 2018

Thatcher files reveal deep rift over Falklands

BRITISH minister Kenneth Clarke argued against fighting Argentina to win back the Falklands, saying Britain should "blow up a few ships but nothing more", newly released files disclose.

The then junior health minister was one of many Tory MPs to express serious misgivings about the prospect of a war in the days after the crisis broke.

Margaret Thatcher's private papers from 1982 – made public for the first time – show how she set aside widespread reservations, and in some cases strong opposition, within the British Conservative Party to press ahead with a full-scale military response to Argentina's invasion.

The Conservative Party was deeply divided in the first fortnight after Argentina's invasion of the remote British territory on April 2 1982.

Irish Independent

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