Americans often cannot quite understand that our determination to mythologize other leaders is not always shared by that leader's fellow citizens. But I have no doubt Thatcher would totally agree with this bullying action.
Campaigners reacted angrily tonight after Scotland Yard suggested protesters should consider avoiding Baroness Thatcher’s cortège – because they face arrest under a controversial public order law. A Metropolitan Police spokesman told The Independent that demonstrators were more likely than usual to be held under Section 5 of the Public Order Act, because mourners are considered particularly vulnerable to suffering distress.There is, of course, a tad bit of difference between protesting at or near the funeral of a former political leader and the actions of the folks of Westboro Baptist Church. Maybe they could just play this song -- a big hit -- within a few hundred yards of the procession? [cross-posted at Firedoglake]
April 15th is a good day to remember taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society. She believed in neither.
Tramp the dirt down.
I say let her family and the Tories have her funeral in peace. It's enough to say, a generation after her departure from office, that she never apologized for the damage she did to the country and its people. She took the advice of fakes and phonies and frauds, and nothing good came of it.
As with so many conservatives, she both despised governance and ordinary people and, simultaneously, chased after domination of them. Her legacy is failure. There'll be a long line of people into the future waiting to piss on her grave. No sense in getting arrested now just to beat the crowd....
With Montag. Those of us who saw through Thatcher's pitiful shows of strength and despised her policies have the whole rest of the world and all other times to voice our disgust. Let the mourners be.
she made her bed.
May the Iron Lady rust in peace.
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