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Thatcher Dead – And Buried !

Well, that’s it then. The old bitch is dead and buried. I only hope someone thought to hammer a stake through her heart, or at least the cavity where a heart would normally be.

What a nice touch to have the funeral on the day that it was announced that UK unemployment has risen to 2.56 million. Had her corpse had been capable of hearing, it’d no doubt have thought “Ah, they’re playing my tune…”

Good riddence.

 

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And now the trash has been taken out, other battles to fight.

Those who keep telling me that Thatcher “changed Britain for ever” might like to consider a headline that appeared in a local newspaper here in North East England this week, and perhaps reflect on whether that was such a good thing. It refers to this city I live in.

It ran –

MORE RELY ON FOOD PARCELS TO SURVIVE

Thatcher’s legacy – 10 million spent on a funeral, more and more people relying on food banks to survive. It dont half make you proud to be British.

 

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Thatcher Dead – Her Spawn Live On

Well, I suppose if I can find one good thing to say about Thatcher,  its that she didn’t  encourage the fruit of her loins – the terrible twins Carol and Mark – to follow her into politics.

Carol has followed some kind of career in journalism, as an author (biographies of mummy and daddy) and a “personality”.  A very annoying personality, and one no-one would have entertained on national media had it not been for her parentage.

She did have her moments.

In 2007 she travelled to the Falkland Islands and Argentina for the documentary Mummy’s War...

During her stay in Argentina she met a group of mothers who lost their sons during the conflict and stated, with all the sensitivity of her mother – “We were fighting a war; we won, you lost,” and reminded them that it was their country that invaded the islands, thus initiating the conflict. The interview ended with one of the women claiming that “God will punish her (Margaret Thatcher)”.

And diplomatic as ever, in 2009 she got the heave-ho from the BBC for making racist comments about a black tennis player.

Still, even with the insensitivity and casual racism, she’s like Snow White compared to her slimy sibling Mark.

During the mid- to late 1980s concerns were frequently expressed in relation to his business affairs. In 1984 his mother faced questions in the House of Commons in relation to his involvement in representing a British company Cementation, a subsidiary of Trafalgar House to build a university in Oman at a time when the prime minister was urging Omanis to buy British.

He has denied claims made that in 1985 he received millions of pounds in commission in relation to the £45 billion Al-Yamamah arms deal, a controversial arms sale by BAE to Saudi Arabia which was possibly the largest arms sale ever; he has not disputed that a house in Belgravia , London was purchased for him for £1 million in 1987 by an offshore company controlled by Wafic Said, a middleman in the deal.

In 1986 his mother faced questions in the House of Commons again over her son’s relationship with the Sultan of Brunei. The government’s PR advisers suggested that it would be best if he left the country !

So he was banished to Texas, and later spent time in Switzerland as a tax exile until he was forced to leave when the Swiss authorities started to question his residency qualifications.

Back in the USA in 1996 he was prosecuted for tax evasion, at which point he moved to South Africa.

In 1998 South African authorities investigated a company owned by Thatcher for allegedly running loan shark operations. According to the Star of Johannesburg’, the company had offered unofficial small loans to hundreds of police officers, military personnel and civil servants and then pursued them with debt collectors.

In 2003, following the death of his father he assumed the title of ‘Sir’ due to his Thatcher Baronetcy , a year before he was arrested in South Africa in connection with the 2004 Equatorial Guinea coup d’état attempt to which he pleaded guilty of breaking anti-mercenary legislation in January 2005. At this time the Sunday Times suggested that he had personal assets of £60 million, most of which was in offshore accounts.

He moved to Monaco on a temporary residency permit.His Monaco residency was not renewed as he was said to be on a list of ‘undesirables’ who would not be allowed further residency and he was required to leave by mid-2006.

He was refused a entry visa to the USA due to his conviction in South Africa.

He was refused residency in Switzerland and settled in Gibraltar where he married his second wife in 2008. In 2013 he was reported to spend most of his time in Marbella.  Arguably, anyone else with a comparable record would spend most of his time in prison.

I do hope someone at the Tax authorities is checking up to see how much UK tax he has avoided over the years.

My god, what a dysfunctional family !

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Thatcher Dead – Celebrating Death The Last Taboo ?

Margaret Thatcher and the taboo of speaking ill of the dead

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22066540

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.

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Thatcher – Ding Dong The Witch Is Censored

The Wizard of Oz song at the centre of an anti-Margaret Thatcher campaign will not be played in full on the BBC Official Chart Show.

Instead a five-second clip of the 51-second song will be aired as part of a Newsbeat report, Radio 1 controller Ben Cooper said.

Sales of Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead have soared since the former Prime Minister’s death on Monday.

Mr Cooper called the decision “a difficult compromise”.

The song is set to take the number three spot in Sunday’s countdown, according to the Official Charts Company.

Speaking to Radio 1 Newsbeat, Mr Cooper said: “The decision I have made is I am not going to play it in full but that I will play a clip of it in a news environment.

“When I say a news environment, that is a newsreader telling you about the fact that this record has reached a certain place in the chart and here is a clip of that track.”

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Ben Cooper says the decision is a “compromise” but not a “fudge”

I personally doubt that many people over the age of 16 take Radio 1 seriously anyway, and the BBC in general have quite a long record (no pun intended) of banning songs – The Sex PistolsGod Save The Queen” in 1977, The Dead KennedysToo Drunk To Fuck” when it made the charts in the 1980s, Frankie Goes To Holiwood‘s “Relax”, and a whole host more.

Even Noel Coward got banned for “Let’s Dont Be Beastly To The Germans” way back.

Of course, the thing about the particular song in question here is that its not about Thatcher, doesn’t mention her… all the the implied associations are in the minds of the various groups for and against.

Those against it ought to be grateful – it could have been…

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Thatcher Dead – An Enemy Of The People

Probably one of the most telling comments about the nature of the late Thatcher came from one of her acolytes – Conservative MP Conor Burns, said to be a friend of hers, who was of the opinion that she would have been delighted by the spontaneous grassroots celebrations that have broken out nationwide since the news broke.

He continued –  “The hatred that burns in their hearts against Margaret Thatcher is actually an enourmous tribute to Margaret Thatcher, because she won.”

Really it just confirms what many of us already knew – that Thatcher regarded certain sections of the British public – the very people she as Prime Minister was supposed to be working for – as the enemy, to be beaten.

So she “won” did she ?  What did she win ?  Did she get satisfaction by crushing the very people she was supposed to be working for ?

Sadly, the answer is probably “yes”.  And that’s why people who remember her time in office, myself included, celebrate her death.

Tasteless ?  Perhaps… but then, her policies weren’t very tasteful either.

 

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Thatcher Dead – A Nation Rejoices

Well…the one we’ve been waiting for – the detestable Margaret Thatcher is dead.

Listening to the mealy-mouthed tributes airing on BBC Radio 4 even as I write this, you might think we’ve lost a paragon of amazing virtue  beloved by all and sundry.

In actual fact,  Thatcher and her policies generated real hatred for the woman, probably more so than any other British Prime Minister, including her spiritual heir, Tony Blair.

Savage cuts, broken trade unions,  mass unemployment, selling off public housing and public industries,  the Poll Tax, a pointless war with Argentina over the Falklands –  a case of two bald men fighting over a comb if ever there was one – and the very real fear that, along with her sidekick Reagan, she might lead us into World War III. These are what I recall of Thatcher’s time in power.

Thatcher’s legacy is that she helped make Britain a much more selfish, nasty country, at the mercy of cherry-pickers and opportunists.

And she’s getting a state funeral… sheesh !

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Anti-Thatcher T-Shirts Upset Right Wing

T-shirts bearing messages anticipating the imminent (hopefully) demise of  Margaret Thatcher have been removed from sale outside the conference hall hosting the TUC Congress, in Brighton, amongst accusations of being “tasteless”. They were being sold to raise funds for the Derbyshire Unemployed Workers Centre.

One features a white cross on a grave with “Thatcher” across it, and the words: “A generation of trade unionists will dance on her grave”.

Another  has an image of Mrs Thatcher’s spitting image puppet, with the words “Hey ho the witch is dead”.

I’m sorry, but that’s just wrong.

It should be “Hey ho the wicked witch is dead”.  And even that is questionable , as it defames by association practitioners of witchcraft.

A much better wording would have been  “Hey ho the wicked bitch is dead”. Maybe I should have a few made up…

Of course there’s been condemnations from Tory people and some Labour people (who are pretty much the same in these days of a new political class of interchangeable men  – and women – in suits and bad haircuts), but I dont think they realise the depth of hatred that Thatcher still inspires. Most of the UK’s problems today stem from her government’s policies.

Apparently we’re supposed to be sorry for her now that she’s suffering from dementia… all I can say is that the diagnosis came 30 years too late. There always seemed to be a taint of madness around the woman, and I recall the height of her power as a pretty frightening time, when  even a nuclear war seemed possible… along with her equally demented pal Ronald Reagan she seemed quite capable of starting one. In the event she just let him park his weapons of mass destruction here, and concentrated going to war with Argentina over a few rocks in the South Atlantic no-one knew were “ours” anyway.

But in any case, this current manufactured outrage about anti-Thatcher t-shirts is old hat. They were around in the 1980s, at the height of her dismantling of the welfare state, NHS, mining, shipbuilding, steel industries, public transport, council housing, etc. I had one and wore it with pride. It’s long gone now of course, but the same design was also produced on badges, and I still have one of those.

Here it is – a genuine piece of popular political comment from back in the day.

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Incidentally, if you want to keep up with her current status, check out  isthatcherdeadyet.co.uk

http://www.isthatcherdeadyet.co.uk/

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