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3. Stafford Beer & Thatcherism

Stafford Beer was noticeably uncomfortable in Margaret Thatcher's Britain, which perhaps explains his growing tendency to spend time in Canada. This wasn't just due to his relationship with Allenna Leonard, but likely also because of his deep opposition to the ideas Thatcher represented. Beer had actually met Margaret Thatcher in the early 1970s, when they were both speakers at the same event. 

Beer remembered Thatcher for uttering several remarks that he found outrageous. Adding fuel to the fire, his brother, Ian, maintained a friendly relationship with Thatcher, a fact that must have exacerbated Beer's dissatisfaction.