Wednesday 11 February 2009
As millions of Iranians prepared for revolution, and tension mounted on the streets of Tehran, the British Ambassador had a more urgent matter in mind: Margaret Thatcher’s hair.
Secret correspondence from 1978 released by the National Archives shows that Sir Anthony Parsons was desperate to reassure the British Government that its interests would be safe under the weakening rule of the Shah.
He was distracted, however, by Mrs Thatcher, the Leader of the Opposition, who was due to visit Iran in the spring of 1978 and wrote in advance to request a “good local hairdresser” who “should bring Carmen rollers” to prepare her trademark bouffant.
Sir Anthony’s priorities should, perhaps, have been elsewhere.