"Had [Thatcher] lost the Falklands, it is doubtful she would have wished to continue. Her departure would have halted and probably reversed the economic reforms responsible for Britain’s subsequent economic revival… Lady Thatcher was never temperamentally interested in reflecting on history. She preferred to make it. But she understood then, and she understands now, that the Falklands War was the most important episode of her premiership. Of course, at one level, Max Hastings, who similarly made his name in it, is right to call the Falklands a "damnably silly conflict". Britain was fighting a lonely struggle thousands of miles away from its shores for aims that made little or no sense to anyone else. But for that very reason it was of transforming intensity.  Unlike New Labour’s wars, it was a national struggle for British honour and interests. This anniversary is a reminder that decisive leadership is always at some stage most likely to involve iron and blood."

That’s the conclusion of an article by former Downing Street adviser Robin Harris in today’s Independent on Sunday.

William Hague is currently visiting the Falklands and producing a short video diary for

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