The Atlantic Bridge, a charity dedicated to ‘the simple aim of “Strengthening the Special Relationship” exemplified by the Reagan-Thatcher partnership of the 1980s,’ receives a much needed boost tomorrow evening, when Dr Henry Kissinger arrives in London to collect the oxymoronic Margaret Thatcher Medal of Freedom.
This is the organisation’s first major event since the cancellation of its Conservative Party Conference reception in the wake of a Charity Commission investigation of allegations it is too close to the Tories.
The think tank explains that Baroness Thatcher herself endowed it with her Medal of Freedom and an annual lecture in her name in 2007 and the night promises to be a significant boost to the Tory travel club’s finances. Tickets are £400 and £750 per head with no discount for tables of ten.
Despite winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973 for negotiating a ceasefire in the Vietnam War, Kissinger’s record on promoting freedom is limited. He is better known for his involvement in the secret bombing of Cambodia and helping Pinochet overthrow democracy in Chile amongst other things. But then Thatcher’s foreign policy record is shameful.
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