"The myth is that the Falklands won the Tories the general election. In fact, ... "Well, everyone must speak as they find, and history is an ongoing debate: the more views, the merrier, and the piece makes some sound points. But I can't help feeling there's a perspective they have missed, that tends to tilt the balance towards the other point of view.
The invasion took place in the first week of campaigning for local elections, in one of which I was a candidate. The initial impact on us was striking - real vitriol on the doorstep towards the treacherous Tories who had left the islands undefended; and we feared for our prospects.
Four weeks later, with hostilities in full swing, Thatcher's fighting resolve in clear evidence, and the patriotic jingo-juices roused, we swept the board: 65 council seats out of 70 in my borough. The Labour Party, which sometimes holds this council in its turn, and in 1982 definitely had its hopes up, was reduced to a dazed rump. No-one was in any doubt why this had come about and, no, it was not due to Drew's peerless political rhetoric on the stump.
So: my personal recollection is that as a direct consequence of the conflict, the electorate came to the clear understanding we had a genuine and resolute big-hitter in Downing Street. In circumstances where (as the Guardian reminds us) the Tories' poll position in 1983 was 2 points adrift of its 1979 level, how could that not have been a positive, and perhaps even a decisive factor ?