Drumlanrig: Thatcher recollection off the wall

Jackson Carlaw. Picture: Ian Georgeson
Jackson Carlaw. Picture: Ian Georgeson
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The death of Lady Thatcher has prompted some fascinating anecdotes, but none more left-field than that given by deputy leader of the Scottish Tories, Jackson Carlaw last week.

During the debate on the late prime minister’s legacy, he revealed that, 13 years earlier, he had been on a beach holiday in Majorca when who should turn up at the same hotel but Mikhail Gorbachev. As politicos, Gorby and Jacko ended up spending the week together. Carlaw revealed that he had told him that Thatcher, along with himself and Ronald Reagan, was “equally responsible” for the collapse of the Berlin Wall “and don’t let anybody ever tell you otherwise.” It’s not quite Nixon-Frost, but who knew until now about the great Moscow-Giffnock Alliance?

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