Everybody's favourite half-baked Alaskan, Sarah Palin, could be making a visit to these shores.
"I am going to Sudan in July and hope to stop in England on the way. I am just hoping Mrs. Thatcher is well enough to see me as I so admire her"
Hero worship aside, the move is shrewdly political: a photograph of Palin palling around with Margaret Thatcher, in the centenary of Ronald Reagan's birth, would thrill a certain breed of nostalgic Republican. The Baroness will attend the unveiling of a statue of Reagan at Grosvenor Square next month, and Palin evidently wants to get her mug in the pictures.
Sadly, Palin's hopes of visiting her political idol have apparently been dashed. Thatcher's ill health prevents her from making many public appearances; worse, the Iron Lady's advisors have scotched the proposal, with one aide reportedly describing Palin as "nuts".
According to Tim Montgomerie of ConservativeHome, much of the Tory mainstream would be loathe to appear with Mrs Palin. Yet the putative presidential candidate wouldn't be Sarah No-Mates while in Blighty: Nadine Dorries has welcomed the visit, and calls Palin a "toughie" who "continues to demonstrate her willingness to tackle tough domestic and international issues".
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