Trying to get the mad, broody chicken off her addled eggs

19 August 1989:<b> </b>Even if the poll tax is dropped, people will still feel Thatcher has lost her touch

A friend who is not normally receptive to left-wing or republican ideas suddenly exclaimed at dinner in my house the other day that he was bored, sickened and disgusted by the Queen and all the royal family, and thought it was high time they were removed. In the mood of the moment, nobody seemed disposed to disagree, although compassionate noises were made from some quarters about the Queen Mother and the Waleses.

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