Mudcat Café message #3502191
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Thread #150286 Message #3502191
Posted By: Johnny J
12-Apr-13 - 08:13 AM
Thread Name: Songs About Thatcher
Subject: RE: Songs About Thatcher
Margaret Thatcher, as a political force, effectively "died" when she was ousted from power in 1990. At the time of her actual "physical" death, she was a frail old woman who was incapable of inflicting harm on anyone.
By all means, have a debate and don't lets forget all the negative aspects(there are many) of her career. I don't believe in glossing over things either.
I also disagree with the expense etc of this funeral. It is certainly provocative and the present Tory leadership are using her death for their own propoganda purposes.
However, to be fair to the woman, it is on record that she said she didn't want all of this herself and had said it would have been a waste of money.
I'm afraid that I'm not the sort of person who can find satisfaction and pleasure in gloating over the death of another human being. So, I feel a little uncomfortable about those who are celebrating her demise.
I hated Margaret Thatcher's policies and most of what she represented(In many ways, she was just a figurehead and puppet) and was delighted when she was kicked out of office. Mind you, those who have followed in her footsteps, including even Labour Prime Ministers, have done nothing to reverse her actions and have even "tightened the screws", in many respects. The time to speak out against her was when she was in power. Of course, I detested what she stood for but when she left office, we all had the opportunity to "get over it".
We've had 23 years when we could have done something to reverse her policies and over 40 years to re-introduce school milk. I don't remember the 74-79 Labour Government offering to to do anything about that either.
As Billy Bragg says "Don't celebrate - organise!"