American Strategy in WWII - A Reconsideration by K. Greenfield

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6 November: Michael Howard succeeds Iain Duncan Smith as leader of the Conservative Party. 8 November: Prince Edward and his wife, Sophie, celebrate the birth of Louise, their first daughter. 17 November: Conrad Black resigns his post as chief executive of Hollinger International, owners of the Daily Telegraph, following allegations that he received more than £4 million in unauthorized payments from company funds. S. president George W. S. president George W. Bush was scheduled to visit. 9 December: In an effort to make the acquisition of citizenship less bureaucratic, the government announces that, in the future, all successful applicants will have to take part in a ceremony at which they pledge loyalty to the United Kingdom and promise to respects its laws and freedoms.

The United Kingdom sent troops to Bosnia to halt the ethnic cleansing atrocities there, handed Hong Kong back to the Peoples’ Republic of China when its crown colony lease expired, and produced the Good Friday Agreement in 1998 to begin the decommissioning of paramilitary arms in Northern Ireland and push the peace process forward, something that appeared to bear fruit in 2005 when the Irish Republican Army (IRA) announced a cessation of its armed struggle. European skepticism remained, however, and in 1999, Britain declined to join the euro (the single currency for Europe) but accepted the European social chapter with its workplace reforms and the European Convention on Human Rights as the government worked toward greater involvement with the continental mainland.

Broad privatization policies coupled with financial and information technology developments and the polarization of politics and society characterized these Thatcher years. The Labour Party, under its new leader, Neil Kinnock, began the painful process of modernizing itself, too late for the 1987 general election, Margaret Thatcher’s third successive victory, but enough to lay the groundwork for the later emergence of New Labour. Still Thatcherism bounded forward. The Greater London Council, housed in County Hall opposite the Houses of Parliament and a left-wing thorn in the government’s side, was abolished, and then perhaps the most tide-turning decision was made—the introduction of a poll tax.

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