One of the disappointments of Margaret Thatcher's reign as Prime Minister, was undoubtedly the day it was announced that her son and heir, Mark Thatcher had been found after several hours of being lost in some desert or other. Whilst Margaret showed a rare compassion and was seen to cry before he was found, the public whooped with laughter and joy at his disappearance. He was seen as rude and arrogant then and today, even worse, as a crooked sleaze bag, mixed up in arms deals and coups. He is said to be extremely rich as a result of his business activities, but there are countries, like the USA and Monaco, who refuse to allow him residence.
Margaret Thatcher may have preached values and standards, but alas, she failed to pass them on to her beloved son. But then, in private, she always did have a soft spot for the rogue and cheat. Some of her favourite ministers may have preached family values, but certainly didn't practise them. Just like her son.
It is said that Mark was up to his neck in the 2004 attempted coup in Equatorial Guinea, but it was others who were caught and went to jail. One, Simon Mann, was set free last week and is said to be gunning for Thatcher, who disowned him during his jail plight.
Surely the British Intelligence Services knew of Mark's dealings back then? Were they ever discussed with his mother? I wonder how many, if any, letters or telephone calls of introduction did she make on his behalf over the years?
The previous Conservative governments did not always behave with propriety when in power and some of the senior figures back then are still hovering in the background today.