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What a good idea: Privatise Thatcher’s funeral!

I hesitate to recommend this blog, since they accused me of anti-Semitism when I defended Gilad Atzmon’s right to play his jazz music in Bradford, but I think this posting is very sensible.

Privatising next Wednesday’s funeral would be a fitting tribute to Margaret  Thatcher.The former Prime Minister worshipped profits, distrusted public services and  flogged off the family silver at knock-down prices.So bankers and yuppies who harvested fortunes during the Tory leader’s reign  should pick up the £10million tab instead of taxpayers.G4S security guards, not troops, could line the route of the cortege.

And rather than St Paul’s, the service could be held in the offices of a  Mayfair hedge fund.

None of that is likely to happen, of course, and the country’s first and only  woman PM will receive a grand send-off from the British state.

The Queen’s royal seal of approval by attending may take the sting out of the  disapproval of a gun carriage farewell.

Yet I’ll admit my own surprise at the depth of public criticism of Thatcher  since she died.

I knew she created a lot of enemies, and entire communities suffered under  her stilettos.

She relished confrontation and Thatcher supporters can hardly complain.

But I, who despised her in the 80s, still feel uncomfortable at the sight of  people celebrating her death.

Conor Burns, a Tory MP, was making the best of a bad job in claiming she  would view the protests as a tribute. They are not.

Divisive in death as in life, Thatcher exposed deep fissures which she  deliberately widened.

The nation she wrongly claimed trade unions had rendered ungovernable in 1979  is terrorised in 2013 by the financial forces she unleashed.

Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness, a diehard foe of Thatcher, showed restraint in  Northern Ireland.

“Resist celebrating the death of Margaret Thatcher,” he tweeted.

“She was NOT a Peacemaker but it is a mistake to allow her death to poison  our minds.”

Discipline, comrades, show ­discipline.


Privatise Thatcher’s Funeral: it’s what she would have wanted! Sign here.

via Privatise the funeral! | Shiraz Socialist.


2 thoughts on “What a good idea: Privatise Thatcher’s funeral!

  1. Karl: it’s very big of you to publicise Shiraz Socialist, given our political disagreements. By the way, we didn’t accuse you of being personally anti-Semitic over the Atzmon/Bradford business, but of foolishly defending Atzmon, who undoubtedly *is* an anti-Semite (albeit an anti-Semite born a Jew). I’m glad, however, we can agree on the Thatcher funeral outrage.


    • Calling a Jewish critic of Israel an anti-Semite is like calling me anti-Christian when I denounce the so-called Christian right for denying Christ’s commandment to serve the poor.


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