Goodness me folks, I do wish they’d stop fooling around with our sensibilities like this. My nerves just can’t take such trickery.
It seems that Gordon Brown and dear old Queenie have got together and decided to fool around with their subjects . . . play a little joke on us and pretend they’re planning a state funeral for Margaret Thatcher. Really, they should leave the pranks to the experts such as Westminster court jester Jackie Smith who thinks that shock visits to victims of knife-crime for youths found carrying knives is the answer to the teen-knife problem. I mean does she really believe that knife victims would appreciate having a line-up of knife-yielding sight-seers coming to stare at them while they get stitched back together in A&E? I appreciate that kids don’t always ‘get’ consequences and facing up to the devastation they’ve caused might have some effect but it’s not going to stun them all into laying down their knives. It’s a gimmick and I’m sure the health care workers will be expressing some very strong objections should this loony idea be permitted.
Anyway, back to Madge and her future state funeral – honestly, is it not in bad taste to discuss the poor old trout’s funeral before she’s actually departed from this good planet? Well she is getting on in years and she’s had a couple of health scares recently so a bit of forward planning would be prudent, wouldn’t it. And if the tax-payer is going to foot the bill, I want a say in what’s going to be on the sandwiches at the wake.
No doubt the many eulogies that are sure to be written about her will be a mixed bag of bitter soundbites and adulating praise. But admire her or hate her, there’s no denying that the Iron Lady divided this country. Sure, she was a strong leader, a tough and unyielding politician but she had a compassion deficit that George Bush would envy and many will remember her most for her neo-liberalist, corporate-hugging, dog-eat-dog policies that brought great wealth to a few and grief and misery to hundreds of thousands. She was an iconic force among the rich and the devil incarnate to the poor. She taught us to value selfishness above community spirit. She promoted a culture of greed and played it against a culture of discontentment. She snatched milk from children while the yuppies sipped champagne. She cancelled society and sold off our state assets (“I used to own shares in water, gas, electricity and Telecom, but then the government sold them all.” Stephen Fry). She called Mandela a terrorist and was an apologist and friend to Pinochet. She tore the heart out of communities and stole the dignity of the workers. She destroyed whole industries, caused violent divisions and broke the trade unions (say what you like about the trade unions but they have been a powerful force in the fight for employment justice). She came, she divided and she ruled. And t’was thus betrayed and dispelled by her very own.
So thank the gods of tomfoolery that this whole silly state funeral business is just a sick joke.
It’s not? You’re kidding right?
They wouldn’t dare . . . . . !!!!
Well I’ll fight it with every breathe of my body. This lady’s not for turning! 😀