Maggie’s FarmPosted: April 10, 2013
Because she bought it, geddit?
That is the only Margaret Thatcher death joke that’s going to be in this post.
Thatcher died earlier this week and kick-started a massive brouhaha online and in the press. Which you could kind of see coming.
Few figures in British history are as divisive as Thatcher, who was hated and loved by different sections of the population.
For many, the Iron Lady was a heroine, a formidable political force who sat as Prime Minister for 11 years, including all of the 1980s. She oversaw British victory in the Falklands War and broke the power of the Unions, which many saw as being too much.
But for others she was the Milk Snatcher, loathed for her destruction of several industrial areas around the UK and cause of mass unemployment, and a proponent of profits over people.
Personally, I’m not a massive fan. She’s a Tory, and after the BNP and UKIP they are the third party I would never vote for. Also, I grew up in South Wales, so despite only being around for the second half of her time at Downing Street, the effects of the 80s are all around in the run down post-industrial towns and closed coal mines.
It also doesn’t help that most people who go on about how great she was tend to be tools.
But, political differences aside, there’s no denying that in some ways she was an admirable figure. Britain’s first, and thus far only, female Prime Minister she appears to have been a shrewd politician, an intelligent woman and given that politics is still a bit of a boys club today, a tough old broad.
She fought her way to the top and held her position for 11 years, which you’ve got to kind of respect, even if you don’t agree with what she did at the time.
In the wake of her death various people offered tributes, from the obvious like David Cameron, to the slightly more bizarre, including Geri Halliwell, who tweeted that Maggie was the “1st lady of Girl Power”.
Of course, as with every other public figure there was also a massive outpouring of jokes, of varying degrees of bad taste.
Some were vaguely amusing- talk of Hell being privatized and so on, but others were merely crude and vulgar expressions of joy at her passing.
Now, as I’ve mentioned, I’m not a fan of Thatcher’s but I’ve got to say I found a lot of this behaviour quite disgusting. I mean, regardless of her legacy or your feelings for her, she was still a person and she deserves a bit of respect. I honestly think you can make jokes about any subject, so long as they’re funny or at least clever. Just name calling or saying you’re going to dance on someone’s grave is just cruel and nasty.
Also, downloading “Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead”? Seems a tad childish and lame.
Joining me in condemning the jokes was Tony Blair, and it kinda sucks to be allied with him on something, although I suspect his objection comes because he knows what kind of response his own death will provoke.
So, all in all, despite some of her actions and unpleasant legacies, I just want to say Margaret Thatcher, Rest In Peace.
Oh, and as for this thing about the MP’s being able to claim back expenses for going to her tribute/memorial thing? Bollocks to that. Apparently they can claim over £3k for what is a personal choice to attend. Scandalous.
Any thoughts? You know what to do. BETEO.