Margret Thatcher: "An unelectable extremist who hijacked their party"
Thatcher was the figurehead for a small neo-liberal gang, seen as having little potential traction with the wider electorate, even by her own party. I once interviewed Sir Tim Bell, Thatcher’s advisor for the 1979 election, asking him whether this takeover of the Conservative party wasn't a kind of right-wing Trotskyite coup. He said he'd never thought of it like that before, but agreed. A small group of fiercely intellectual ideologues had hijacked a floundering Tory party, bringing about seismic political change few in Britain realised was coming.