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  1. CaitieCat says

    I wish I could think of something nice to say. Since I can’t, I’ll follow the dictates of social nicety by saying…nothing.

  2. AsqJames says

    Those who proclaim “there’s no such thing as society” should not be accorded social niceties.

    “That is why no amount of cajolery, and no attempts at ethical or social seduction, can eradicate from my heart a deep burning hatred for the Tory Party that inflicted those bitter experiences on me. So far as I am concerned they are lower than vermin.”
    – Aneurin Bevan

    As far as I’m concerned, that goes double for Thatcher. There are car horns going off all over the city centre of Liverpool right now, but I guess that might just be a coincidence.

  3. says

    She was evil, but she was smart as hell, and that’s one reason why privatization went so far and did so much damage. I heard her eulogy to Ronald Reagan, and realized she could well be the most intelligent Tory since Edmund Burke. And yes, that does say more about “conservatives” in general than it does about her.

  4. UnknownEric is GrumpyCat in human form says

    I’m not even British, but I’ve so far spent the morning listening to Elvis Costello’s “Tramp the Dirt Down,” Hefner’s “The Day Thatcher Dies,” The Beat’s “Stand Down Margaret,” and Morrissey’s “Margaret on the Guillotine.”

    I hated her politics, but damned if she didn’t inspire some amazing music.

  5. kevinalexander says

    I think that the full quote is “There is no such thing as society, there are only individuals and their families”

    Nice how she could make a flat declaration then contradict it before the sentence is finished. What is a family, after all, if not a society? She was the head cheerleader for the return to thuggish dog eat dog economics.
    Her supporters claim that things are so much better for her policies but they’re paid to say that.

  6. kevinalexander says

    Someone should have a Margaret Thatcher film festival.
    My favourite is Peter Greenaway’s ‘The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover’

    Michael Gambon plays a gangster so odious yet so narcissistic that he believes that because he has money to buy good things (including Helen Mirren as his wife) that that somehow makes him cultured. I was reminded of a slobbering pig in a Saville Row suit.

  7. B-Lar says

    Supposedly the first saturday after her death has been agreed by team Counter-Culture as being a day to party in Trafalgar square. I will endeavour to be there!

  8. says

    I can’t really be happy about this, mostly because conservatives have had many other little darling angels appear to support them. Hard to enjoy individuals dying.

    Supposedly the first saturday after her death has been agreed by team Counter-Culture as being a day to party in Trafalgar square. I will endeavour to be there!

    That still sounds like an excellent use of your time though.

  9. UnknownEric is GrumpyCat in human form says

    @AsqJames

    Thanks! A little Pete Wylie never hurt anyone. :)

  10. left0ver1under says

    UnknownEric is GrumpyCat in human form (#7)

    I’m not even British, but I’ve so far spent the morning listening to Elvis Costello’s “Tramp the Dirt Down,” Hefner’s “The Day Thatcher Dies,” The Beat’s “Stand Down Margaret,” and Morrissey’s “Margaret on the Guillotine.”

    You can add Richard Thompson’s “Mother Knows Best” to that list, as well as several songs by
    Billy Bragg like “Ideology”, Paul Weller in The Jam (“Going Underground”, “That’s Entertainment”) and The Style Council (“Walls Come Tumbling Down”), among many others.

    “Mother Knows Best”:
    http://youtu.be/CWjm6XdtEb0

    “Walls Come Tumbling Down”:
    http://youtu.be/k5HfOipwvts
    http://www.songmeanings.net/songs/view/77823/

    Are you gonna be threatened by / The public enemy, No. 10?”

    10 Downing Street is the Prime Minister’s residence.

    “Ideology”:
    http://youtu.be/mD9Ma3KnOYg

    Outside the patient millions / Who put them into power
    Expect a little more back for their taxes / Like school books, beds in hospitals
    And peace in our bloody time / All they get is old men grinding axes

  11. Counterpane says

    When I heard the news I found myself singing Billy Bragg’s “Between The Wars”:

    I kept the faith and I kept voting
    Not for the iron fist but for the helping hand
    For theirs is a land with a wall around it
    And mine is a faith in my fellow man

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