Saturday, 13 April 2013

Baroness Thatcher: show respect for the dead

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An effigy of late British former prime minister Margaret Thatcher is carried during an anti-Thatcher party celebrating her death in Trafalgar Square in central London on April 13, 2013.  (AFP Photo)
I cannot believe the awful, shocking protests, gleeful demonstrations and so called parties that have sprung up (craving self publicity) after the death of an elderly women. I remember, the cruel, rapid effects on parts of society from her Government's policies in the 1980's. I remember crying at seeing the miners humiliatingly forced back to work (although Arthur Scargill was equally to blame). I remember the images of ghost lands appearing, where once there was a thousands of jobs in manufacturing cars and bikes. I remember the strident views on nuclear weapons and I remember the riots
But through that all, I was brought up to believe in certain rules of society. You show respect for the elderly, you open doors for ladies, you look out for other people's kids, if you see them fall over. You care about other people in society; the antithesis of Thatcher's vision for some parts of Britain  But that means according her respect in death and to honour the good parts of her revolution. No one other than the most ardent followers of Mao or Stalin could think that we need to return to the State diktats of allowing trade unions almighty power over the economy or denying working people real chances to escape poverty and acquire wealth.
To watch those young people getting drunk and celebrating her death demeans Britain. What does the world think when it sees shocking images of chants, posters and burning effigies in the streets. Baroness Thatcher wasn't some dictator who had people tortured. The British people elected her three times over. She was the product of our democracy, whether we liked it or not. 
Revellers at the outdoor party marking the death of Margaret Thatcher, at Trafalgar Square
So to dance at the death of a democratically elected leader is chilling. A song is racing up the charts, propelled by hate. What's next, protests outside or inside church at a wedding or someone we hate? Protests at christening of a baby born to parents we despise? No, a narrow section of society have forgotten the rules of decency and respect. It is a worrying symptom of the illness in a small strata of modern humankind.

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