Grace Livingstone

10 February 2022

Search and Destroy

Britain had more cordial relations with the Argentinian dictatorship of 1976-83 than you might imagine, given Margaret Thatcher’s rhetoric about standing up to the junta during the Falklands War. Both Labour and Conservative governments sold arms to Argentina before 1982. Thatcher even invited the dictatorship’s finance minister José Martínez de Hoz – an Anglophile who favoured tweed jackets and shared her free-market philosophy – to Downing Street in June 1980. ‘I very much enjoyed our meeting,’ she wrote to him afterwards.

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