I would'nt put anything past Thatcher. In my opinion, she deliberately engineered the Falklands war for her own purposes. Look at the facts, by the end of '81 she was in serious trouble, unemployment had rocketed, the opinion polls were putting her at an incredibly low level, what do do? simple have a war. Dictators have often used foreign wars to divert attention from problems at home.
It was known at the time that the Argentinians were making noises about sovereignty of the islands so she chose that moment to announce massive cuts in the Royal Navy, and withdrew the only naval presence in the area, HMS Endurance, practically inviting the invasion. Contrast this with James Callaghan's response when faced with a similar situation in 1977, he just sent the Ark Royal to patrol around for a couple of weeks. Result, no lives lost, no fuss, no war.
The ploy worked, the bum wiping newspapers exploded in an orgy of jingoistic crap and she won the following years general election.
She used the police like stormtroopers in the miners strike so it fits in that she covered up for their bad handling of this tragedy by shifting the blame onto the Liverpool fans, after all, they were just unimportant Labour voting working class oiks werent they?
Yet another one on of the endless list of reasons why I HATE THAT EVIL BITCH!!!!!!