Margaret Thatcher and the taboo of speaking ill of the dead
Interesting article on the BBC site, including advice from an ettiquette advisor –
“Obviously because Margaret Thatcher’s a political figure, and she was an important person, she is going to stir up emotions,” says etiquette expert Jean Broke-Smith.
“But if people are politically anti her, I hope they will be kind enough to say they didn’t agree with her, but they respect what she did. Now is not the time to churn up silliness or bring up bad points – it’s good etiquette to let her rest and focus on her good points,” she says.
Hang on – run that bit past me again…
“But if people are politically anti her, I hope they will be kind enough to say they didn’t agree with her, but they respect what she did.”
But many people didn’t respect what she did.
I didn’t respect what she did.
Are we supposed to to pretend everything was OK really, what a nice old lady she was really ? Just because she’s dead ?
She took little notice of criticism while alive, I hardly think its going to bother her much now.
As for the question of respect for the dead… respect has to be earned while you’re alive.
All the vitriol she’s received, she earned…and is at least an honest reaction.