“Thatcher is Dead!” announces Prime Minister

Margaret Thatcher

Maggie Thatcher's death was almost announced by the Canadian Prime Minister!

It came as quite a shock when this came into my email inbox today, and as you can imagine I clicked to see quite what the story entailed.

The Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, was on the verge of speaking to the nation following the receipt of the following text message from his Transport Minister, John Baird; 

‘Thatcher is Dead!’

Maggie Thatcher it was confirmed, following a swift call to Number 10, was alive and well, but Moggy Thatcher, the Transport Minister’s beloved cat had died. She was named after the transport minister’s political heroine.

The Prime Minister’s staff had drafted a statement and was preparing to speak to the nation when the error was discovered.

Although the announcement was prevented it didn’t prevent it spoiling a 1,700 strong VIP dinner in Toronto that the Prime Minister was attending.

More in The Evening Standard here.

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