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

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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...

Sirzy Tue 09-Apr-13 07:38:38

The police will have Their work cut out for them that day that's for sure!

I just hope people can have the respect to stay away from her funeral if they didn't like her, or at least not cause trouble. Whatever your views of her her family are grieving.

ParadiseChick Tue 09-Apr-13 07:42:30

Respect? Ha!

Sugarice Tue 09-Apr-13 07:43:25

Imagine the ring of steel around this day security wise.

Regardless of peoples opinions of her a funeral is a funeral and should be respected as such.

Who the hell would willingly travel determined to disrupt such a thing?

doublecakeplease Tue 09-Apr-13 07:46:04

I can see the London riots repeating - probably populated mainly by people who have no true understanding of what went on. I'm northern and there's a LOT of bad feeling / people glad she's dead etc but tbh i was very young when she was in power and wasn't directly affected that i can remember. She's not mourned in my family but her death certainly isn't being celebrated.
Her funeral needs to be handled carefully and i hope that people maintain their dignity and cam express their feelings without distracting themselves or their communities

twofingerstoGideon Tue 09-Apr-13 07:47:13

Imagine the associated costs. Funny how money can always be found for some things and not others.

twofingerstoGideon Tue 09-Apr-13 07:49:21

Just to clarify: I think some people will feel very angry when they see how much money is spent glorifying this most divisive of former prime ministers at a time when the country is supposedly broke.

meditrina Tue 09-Apr-13 07:49:38

Unfortuntely, it is likely.

A "working funeral" is of course an opportunity for much progress on international affairs (outside set piece meetings), so it will go ahead despite security costs.

It is a pity that funerals become occasions of protest - it seems to be on the increase, and I think it displays poor judgement.

doublecakeplease Tue 09-Apr-13 07:49:56


RedHelenB Tue 09-Apr-13 07:58:11

I think as it is a state affair at taxpayers expense then there may well be protests. If it were a private funeral I can't see protesters turning up.

ChairmanWow Tue 09-Apr-13 08:10:59

£8m of taxpayers money being squandered. I won't be protesting but I understand anyone who does (in a non- violent way of course).

Branleuse Tue 09-Apr-13 08:13:23

I imagine it will cause riots

Maggysinge Tue 09-Apr-13 08:18:46

Everyone talks of riots but it'll never happen. It's just the chattering classes talking shit from behind their laptops in their leafy suburbs. I'll be working there that day and I would love to see some crusty jugglers try it on!

Twentytotwo Tue 09-Apr-13 08:19:51

I don't understand why they're doing this.

WishingIwasnt Tue 09-Apr-13 08:25:19

If her haters can't respect her, I hope they at least have the dignity and common decency to respect her family and therefore stay away from her funeral. I find it sickening that so many people are 'celebrating' over the death of a frail elderly lady - no matter what she may have done twenty-odd years ago!

ifancyashandy Tue 09-Apr-13 08:33:36

If it were a private affair, I would respect the grieving family. By spending public money on this the government have negated that right. I am furious £8million is reportedly being spent.

We are clearly not all in this together. The Tories always were and always continue to be uncaring, arrogant and sneering.

Nancy66 Tue 09-Apr-13 08:35:14

there will be a few pissed up students who, six months ago, probably had no idea who MT was....that'll be it.

NynaevesSister Tue 09-Apr-13 08:36:35

Respect her when she showed no respect for us? There is no such thing as society remember. I don't think she showed respect for young lads who jumped off Tyne bridges because she devastates whole communities and left them bereft of all hope?

There well be protests. Spending my hard earned tax money on this shambles deserves no less. They will not be violent unless forced. The police charges the miners remember. There would have been no violence then without Maggie Thatcher. Don't blame the people who are angry. The have good reasons to be angry.

MandragoraWurzelstock Tue 09-Apr-13 08:45:12

I think there ought to be some respect for the folks who can't afford to feed their families at present, and her funeral ought to be like any other funeral, not some circus with thousands of pounds spent on security.

What a waste.

MandragoraWurzelstock Tue 09-Apr-13 08:46:42

Stay away? How can they when she is going to be paraded through a large part of London? It's quite hard to keep out of the way I imagine. Surely that is the whole point.

It's a bit in the faces of those who found her government anything but kind

ajandjjmum Tue 09-Apr-13 08:47:41

Some people will use any excuse - we've seen that before.

I happen to think Margaret Thatcher did more good than bad, but there seems to be a large section of people who fail to understand the situation the country was in before she was elected - either that, or that can't be bothered to try and understand, and make judgements accordingly.

The miners throwing concrete blocks off bridges, people not being able to earn a living wage because they were forever being called out on strike - whether they agreed or not. Never mind, at least Arthur Scargill has still got his union funded London flat, so he can lead from comfort.

There are two sides to the argument, but a person has died, and decent people will respect that.

MandragoraWurzelstock Tue 09-Apr-13 08:47:43

8 million? Seriously that is sickening.

FunnyLittleFrog Tue 09-Apr-13 08:49:02

She didn't give a damn about frail elderly ladies when she was PM. She didn't give a damn about anyone. What she did '20-odd years ago' was rip the heart out of this country and for that she cannot be forgiven.

I would not advocate riots or protests on the day itself but think there needs to be a public display of disgust that £8 million is being spent on a ceremonial funeral. It is an absolute disgrace.

MandragoraWurzelstock Tue 09-Apr-13 08:49:19

Yes I am a decent person and I respect that someone has died.

What I don't think is right is that a fortune is spent on a massive funeral for someone largely unpopular when there are people in dire poverty in this country.

sashh Tue 09-Apr-13 08:56:46

The miners throwing concrete blocks off bridges, people not being able to earn a living wage because they were forever being called out on strike - whether they agreed or not. Never mind, at least Arthur Scargill has still got his union funded London flat, so he can lead from comfort.

That all happened after she was elected.

During the time she was prime minister it was common for old people to die of hypothermia, she didn't care about them.

I think someone knows how hated she is by quite a number of people, that's why she is being cremated, not buried next to Denis Thatcher as she wanted.

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