Heffer, Simon. "The Brighton Bomb Kills Margaret Thatcher"
Divergence: 1984 CE
What if: Margaret Thatcher died in the IRA bombing of the Tory conference at Brighton.
Summary: Essay arguing that Michael Heseltine would have be come prime minister, but his poorly thought out economic policies would have ruined the Conservative's reputation for economic competence and let to their ouster from government by 1992. Along the way, the Soviet empire's collapse might well have not occurred as quickly.
Published: In What Might Have Been: Leading Historians on Twelve 'What Ifs' of History (ed. Andrew Roberts), q.v. Edited excerpt published as "What if Thatcher had died at Brighton?" in The Guardian, Apr. 2, 2004.