(no, not a music post)
Reading John Major's memoirs to pass the time, I'm reminded that my biggest hurdle in reading about this period in British politics is Nigel Lawson and Norman Lamont. I find it almost impossible to remember both their names at once ("ok, there was another Chancellor of the Exchequer whose initials were also N.L.: now what was his name?") or, when I do see a reference to one of them, remembering which one he is. If I'd ever seen them on tv or anything, I might have less difficulty.
Major seems weirdly proud of having missed most of the warning signals leading to Thatcher's downfall.