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  •  Good riddance! (7+ / 0-)

    A Thatcher state funeral would be bound to lead to protests

    Not only in former mining communities and industrial areas laid waste by her government, but across Britain Thatcher is still hated for the damage she inflicted – and for her political legacy of rampant inequality and greed, privatisation and social breakdown. Now protests are taking the form of satirical e-petitions for the funeral to be privatised: if it goes ahead, there are likely to be protests and demonstrations.

    This is a politician, after all, who never won the votes of more than a third of the electorate; destroyed communities; created mass unemployment; deindustrialised Britain; redistributed from poor to rich; and, by her deregulation of the City, laid the basis for the crisis that has engulfed us 25 years later.

    Thatcher was a prime minister who denounced Nelson Mandela as a terrorist, defended the Chilean fascist dictator Augusto Pinochet, ratcheted up the cold war, and unleashed militarised police on trade unionists and black communities alike. She was Britain's first woman prime minister, but her policies hit women hardest, like Cameron's today.

    “The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.” – Abraham Lincoln

    by Sagebrush Bob on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 07:04:47 AM PDT

    •  She won't have a state funeral, (1+ / 0-)
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      rather, a "ceremonial" funeral, whatever that means. State funerals in the UK are normally reserved for reigning monarchs. I'm not sure what they called Diana's.

      I could have been a soldier... I had got part of it learned; I knew more about retreating than the man that invented retreating. --Mark Twain

      by NogodsnomastersMary on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 07:59:06 AM PDT

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    •  Privatize the funeral (4+ / 0-)
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      The best suggestion on Thatcher's funeral: Privatising Margaret Thatcher's funeral would be a fitting tribute to her legacy

      someone by the name of Scott Morgan has launched this e-petition:

      "In keeping with the great lady's legacy, Margaret Thatcher's state funeral should be funded and managed by the private sector to offer the best value and choice for end users and other stakeholders. The undersigned believe that the legacy of the former PM deserves nothing less and that offering this unique opportunity is an ideal way to cut government expense and further prove the merits of liberalised economics Baroness Thatcher spearheaded."

      This is splendid idea.

      I suggest reading the entire piece.

      [Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Security] do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great.

      by MoDem on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 08:04:12 AM PDT

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      •  Beautiful! (0+ / 0-)

        “The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.” – Abraham Lincoln

        by Sagebrush Bob on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 08:18:02 AM PDT

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      •  Damnit (0+ / 0-)

        They closed the petition and comments already.

        “The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.” – Abraham Lincoln

        by Sagebrush Bob on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 09:24:19 AM PDT

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        •  Old (1+ / 0-)
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          The one linked to actually closed last year. There have been several attempts to open similar ones today but all have been rejected as inappropriate (if they hit a certain number these petitions result in a Commons select committee examining them which would be long after the funeral)

          "Who stood against President Obama in 2012?" - The trivia question nobody can answer.

          by Lib Dem FoP on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 09:38:37 AM PDT

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