Enjoy This Charming 1984 'Children's Book' About Margaret Thatcher


We remember seeing this book, Raymond Briggs' The Tin-Pot Foreign General and the Old Iron Woman, when it was released in 1984. Any youngsters among the Wonkettariat may need a bit of background on the Falklands War before watching. (Hint: It was a bloody postcolonial fuck-tussle in which Argentina invaded some islands to prove it was King Shit and Great Britain took them back to prove it was Still A Fucking World Power.) We present as a public service this embedded video of a dotty British man, whom we cannot understand in the least, screeching TIN POT TIN POT over pictures of robot-Margaret Thatcher's boobs shooting fire. And that is how it really happened!

Briggs, you may recall, is the artist whose 1982 book When the Wind Blows was adapted into a rather terrifying film which suggested that nuclear war was maybe a bad thing and "civil defense" mere whistling in the dark. This was a useful message at a time when Ronald Reagan and his bestie Margaret Thatcher were occasionally optimistic about the prospects of a "winnable" nuclear war. (It is no longer a useful message. NUKE NORTH KOREA.)

The only other good thing to come out of that incredibly stupid war was, of course, the great headline "BRITISH LEFT WAFFLES ON FALKLANDS."


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