Controversial US politician Sarah Palin could soon be on her way to Britain to boost her hopes of challenging Barack Obama in the 2012 US presidential election.
Her representatives approached Margaret Thatcher to ask for a meeting as part of a bid to enhance her claim to be the ‘heir to Ronald Reagan’ and prepare to challenge Mr Obama.
I'm very intrigued by this visit.
It would also pose a delicate diplomatic protocol dilemma for the Prime Minister, who is trying to defuse an acrimonious confrontation with Mr Obama over the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
I honestly don't see the problem. A private citizen visits Lady Thatcher. What is the controversy.
One source said: ‘A meeting with Margaret Thatcher would be an enormous publicity coup for Sarah Palin. Thatcher is by far the biggest political name in US politics, much bigger than Blair.
A meeting by itself isn't going to do much to repair her image as someone who doesn't know a lot about foreign affairs. It's all well and good to talk to Lady Thatcher. It might be even better if she could meet with foreign ministers of different countries.