Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Margaret Thatcher Even Worse Than I Remembered
I wasn't planning to write another post about the late Margaret Thatcher.
But now that I see that the Cons in Britain are planning to give her a lavish funeral. Even though most Britons are outraged.
Crippled by savage Tory cuts, ordinary Brits are furious at forking out £10million for the funeral of a woman who shattered many of their communities all those years ago and left them a legacy of despair.
And that if you plan to protest the police want your name.
I'm starting to get the horrible feeling that my heartfelt obit didn't do her justice eh?
I really should have mentioned her appalling record in Northern Ireland.
At her worst, Margaret Thatcher was bloody-minded, incompetent, sadistic and vindictive. And nowhere was her brutishness more a menace to decency and peace than in Ireland.
Or reminded people that her decision to torpedo the aging Argentine cruiser General Belgrano for no good reason...
Caused the death of hundreds of young conscripts in the icy waters of the South Atlantic. And ended any chance of a peaceful resolution.
Also, although I did mention that she was a foul homophobe, I feel I fell short in my description of her ferocious bigotry.
The 1987 election saw Tory ad campaigns trying to portray Labour as actively trying to pervert children. One billboard showed a line of young men wearing badges such as "Gay pride" and "Gay sports day" with a slogan, "This is Labour's camp. Do you want to live in it?".
Or what she did to gay kids.
She denounced local education authorities for teaching children that "they have an inalienable right to be gay" and brought in the hated clause, then section, 28, which outlawed the promotion of homosexuality as "a pretend family relationship". Despite the fact that no one was ever prosecuted under it, the law made teachers feel they could not tell kids that if they were gay, it was OK. It effectively scared them from talking about being gay even when children were being physically attacked.
So now that I've hopefully improved my obit eh?
I think I'll let Glenda Jackson, the former Oscar winning actress and now a Labour MP, deliver the final tribute...
And I'll just say this:
Glenda Jackson is still great.
Margaret Thatcher is still dead.
And I'm still celebrating...
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