to think Thatcher's funeral procession will attract protesters throughout UK?

(294 Posts)
Corygal Tue 09-Apr-13 07:36:37

Strikes me they're really pushing it with a full military fanfare and procession through the streets of London - it's catnip for every pissed off Briton in the country to come and have a go.

The last people who had this amount of fuss were Queen Mum and Diana, neither of whom exactly attracted violent dissent. But a parade through virtually every main thoroughfare of the capital for Mrs Thatcher...

EnidRollins Tue 09-Apr-13 09:01:34

Anybody who would travel to disrupt a funeral is sick in the head themselves.
(This coming from someone who lives around mining towns and has all my life.)
Vile.

Smudging Tue 09-Apr-13 09:05:07

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

diaimchlo Tue 09-Apr-13 09:08:45

What Smudging said.

DialsMavis Tue 09-Apr-13 09:21:51

Maybe they want some more big riots, so that they can further demonise the working classes. Or maybe it's just a big "fuck you, we can and always will be able to do just as we like" from those in charge.

ChocsAwayInMyGob Tue 09-Apr-13 09:23:09

Agree with smudging. Her family should have a private funeral and be allowed to grieve in peace.

I couldn't stand the woman and hated her policies, but would never disrupt a funeral.

However, it does stick in my throat that the Govt would spend £8 million on the funeral of a woman who brought so many onto their knees with poverty. At best it's bad PR, at worst it's rubbing people's faces in it and inviting discord.

Maggysinge Tue 09-Apr-13 09:25:57

I really, really hope it is a big fuck you from this government to the whining left and champagne socialists.

ChocsAwayInMyGob Tue 09-Apr-13 09:29:54

Maggysinge. Charming.

Not everyone who was affected or upset by her policies was "whining left" or "champagne socialists".

She was massively divisive and unpopular, even with her own cabinet towards the end. A huge public funeral is a bad idea and tempts yet more controversy.

HoHoHoNoYouDont Tue 09-Apr-13 09:30:19

A complete disgrace to waste all that money when so much of today's poverty is a direct result of her free market policies

or, the greedy bankers of today who the current government wont rein in.

There is a lot that could have been done by leaders after Maggie, they have chose not to.

Maggysinge Tue 09-Apr-13 09:33:52

But what are you lot going to do though? Absolutely nothing but whinge and moan on here with the rest of the whingeing left. She split public opinion but she did what was right for this great country and saved it from completely going under and for that she is a great woman and seeing how the left is reacting just proves that point.

ChocsAwayInMyGob Tue 09-Apr-13 09:33:57

HoHoHo- like what?

Don't blame successive governments for her mistakes. it's very hard and takes a long time to reinstate policies that have been disposed of by a previous government.

If all governments spent four years undoing what previous governments have done, they wouldn't have time to run the country.

HoHoHoNoYouDont Tue 09-Apr-13 09:34:30

Anyone who takes to the streets rioting is no better than EDL type scum.

If people need to protest then do it peacefully.

Maggysinge Tue 09-Apr-13 09:35:22

And this is exactly what the Tories have to put up with every time labour have fucked up!

ajandjjmum Tue 09-Apr-13 09:35:36

I find it incredible that so many years after she left government, some people are still blaming her for everything that has gone wrong in their lives.

If her decisions were so awful, why did subsequent governments not reverse them?

NotTreadingGrapes Tue 09-Apr-13 09:36:05

Oooh yeah. Like the erm, "hundred or so" (according to the web) who were thronging the streets last night?

<scared>

WantOurRoomBack Tue 09-Apr-13 09:38:52

The union do not pay for Arthur Scargill's flat in London.

twofingerstoGideon Tue 09-Apr-13 09:41:21

Maggysinge - your posts are making you sound a little bit excitable. Are you okay?

edam Tue 09-Apr-13 09:44:22

ajand - given everyone is busy pointing out how significant she was, and what a legacy she left, it's hardly surprising that her legacy is still pissing people off.

And now we are being lumbered with the cost of a quasi-state funeral - only one step down from a monarch's. She posed as an opponent of public spending, why should we have to fork out to celebrate her life? Her family can afford to bury her, maybe they should appoint Group 4 to look after security.

shallweshop Tue 09-Apr-13 09:46:06

I don't entirely agree with the whole funeral plan but I am sure many will use it as an excuse for a punch up!

Maggysinge Tue 09-Apr-13 09:46:41

Excitable? Like the left element on here you mean? I've never seen so much hysteria and hyperbole on one website until I came here, if anything it's your lot who get excitable no?

grovel Tue 09-Apr-13 09:47:39

The problem is that Gordon Brown decided how the funeral would be.

AvrilPoisson Tue 09-Apr-13 09:48:19

Erm, what? Protesting that she's died?
hmm

There won't be protests, the country is far too de-politicised. I mean Blair was more right wing than she was, and look how many idiots voted for him!

If they had wanted to hold a large funeral service in St Paul's I could have probably accepted it. Its the cortege through the streets etc that bothers me. Why should I pay for that? If they want to spend a couple of million I'm sure they can find people in greater need that than the Thatcher family.

The Royal family and the Middleton's paid towards William and Kate's wedding so how much are Mark and Carole going to chip in?

OFFS Middletons not Middleton's

Grocer's apostrophe in tribute to MT's origins!

HoHoHoNoYouDont Tue 09-Apr-13 09:51:32

I don't know Avril look what happened in City Centres a while back. Mobs rioting and looting. It only takes one idiot to start it and the rest of the village idiots tag on!

tiggytape Tue 09-Apr-13 09:52:02

At best it's bad PR, at worst it's rubbing people's faces in it and inviting discord.

As has been discussed on other threads, a state funeral wasn't her choice (she didn't want one) and isn't a Tory decision.
The Labour government proposed it and planned it.
The idea was first discussed in about 2008
Gordon Brown (with the Queen) was the one who approved the decision in 2011 with a budget agreed and details hammered out.

The fact it was a Labour decision not a Tory one however is irrelevant in the sense that disrupting any funeral is unacceptable. I am sure there will be some who try but the route will be lined with military and police and the service itself isn’t open to the public so hopefully they can make their point well away from her family and friends who are there to mourn.

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