Thatcher's ideological mentor urged her to run a 'campaign of fear' to cut teenage pregnancies Details discovered in official papers released by the National Archives Education Secretary Sir Keith Joseph pressed for a series of 'scare' filmsDubbed the 'Mad Monk', he was one of Thatcher's closest cabinet allies | UPDATED: 14:15 GMT, 28 December 2012 Margaret Thatcher's 'ideological mentor' urged her to run a campaign of fear to deter teenage girls from becoming pregnant, according to newly published files. Education Secretary Sir Keith Joseph wanted the Government to produce a series of 'scare' films in an attempt to curb the number of pregnancies among immature adolescents from 'the least good homes'. Joseph – one of Mrs Thatchers closest Cabinet allies – believed a 'sharply rising trend' of bad parenting was a 'major cause of poor education and crime', and he had no doubt who was responsible, according to official papers released by the National Archives under the 30-year rule
Archived files show Soviet Union used civil airliners to conduct secret Cold War spying missions over Britain Aircraft would veer off their approved flight paths to carry out missionsDefence Secretary said RAF was monitoring monthly flights through UK | UPDATED: 09:13 GMT, 28 December 2012 Defence Secretary John Nott in 1982, who informed prime minister Margaret Thatcher in December 1981 that the RAF was monitoring the hundreds of monthly flights through UK airspace by Warsaw Pact airliners The Soviet Union used civil airliners to conduct secret Cold War spying missions over Britain, according to newly published Government files. Some aircraft would switch off their transponders, alerting air traffic controllers to their position before veering off their approved flight paths to carry out aerial intelligence-gathering missions over sensitive targets, papers released by the National Archives under the 30-year rule show.
Merry Essex-mas! How 'Father Christmas' lived in TOWIE county and died 500 years agoArchive entry shows Father Christmas was buried in the county in 1564Essex Record Office archives show a host of Christmas family members | UPDATED: 14:42 GMT, 23 December 2012 Historians have uncovered evidence that Father Christmas lived in Essex and died nearly 500 years ago. Archivists at the county's records' office have discovered a brief archive entry that states Father Christmas was laid to rest at a churchyard in the village of Dedham on May 30, 1564.
The astonishing interactive map that shows every bomb dropped on London during The Blitz New site uses data from the National Archive previously only available to visitors to the Reading Room Allows Londoners to search for their home and see if it was bombedMobile phone app allows tourists to point their phone at a landmark to see if it was bombed | UPDATED: 19:16 GMT, 6 December 2012 If you've ever wondered how close London’s landmarks came to being blown up in the Blitz, a new interactive map has the answer.