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Margaret Thatcher: Britain’s Iron Lady

The Story


It is one of Barbara Frum's most combative interviews for The Journal: her conversation with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Frum had meticulously prepared for the interview with the "Iron Lady" by watching Thatcher skewer a British journalist. Despite Frum's preparation and determination to not let the interview get away from her, Thatcher ends up bullying Frum as well. The Journal's executive producer Mark Starowicz would later recall how the two women instantly disliked each other. As evident in the clip, there is no love lost between these two powerful women. The tension is thick, the mood is hostile and both sides are out for blood. It makes for an unforgettable interview.

Medium: Television
Program: The Journal
Broadcast Date: Sept. 27, 1983
Guest(s): Margaret Thatcher
Interviewer: Barbara Frum
Duration: 16:14

Did You know?


• Barbara Frum's son David Frum is a well-known conservative commentator. He served as speechwriter to President George W. Bush in 2001-2002 and is the author of Dead Right and The Right Man: The Surprise Presidency of George W. Bush.
• Barbara Frum described herself as a "50s small-l liberal." -- Barbara Frum: A Daughter's Memoir by Linda Frum.


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