Lexiesinclair · 13/04/2013 21:23
YANBU. In the words of Billy Bragg:
?This is not a time for celebration. The death of Margaret Thatcher is nothing more than a salient reminder of how Britain got into the mess that we are in today. Of why ordinary working people are no longer able to earn enough from one job to support a family; of why there is a shortage of decent affordable housing? of why cynicism and greed became the hallmarks of our society. Raising a glass to the death of an infirm old lady changes none of this. The only real antidote to cynicism is activism. Don?t celebrate ? organize!?
DamselWithADulcimer · 13/04/2013 21:44
Hmm. I think people have a nerve to be protesting at all about a dead PM unless they actually remember her being PM (most people who I've seen interviewed are about 20).
Though I see nothing to protest about where the present incumbents are concerned (Lib Dems aside).
beals692 · 13/04/2013 21:54
I think spending millions of pounds of taxpayers' money on the funeral of someone who was hated by a lot of the British public when we're being told there isn't money available for public services is reason enough. That said, yes, I do think people should also be focusing on what the current government is doing. Thatcher's death has got a lot of people talking about politics (not just saying stuff like 'the witch is dead' etc - a lot of people have been discussing why they hate Thatcher, her legacy etc) so I just hope that this will spur people on to take an interest in and get involved in what is going on now.
MrsVamos · 13/04/2013 22:22
I think people are too scared of the possible consequences of protesting.
I think people are far more worried about keeping their jobs, keeping their homes, keeping their heads just above water.
I feel like people feel that no-one listens, so what would be the point ?
I wish the people of this once great country would find some strength to say 'enough' as a collective. I think it's time we told the government we currently have, that we did not elect, what we really think of them.
The problem is of course, that they already know. They just don't give a shit.
MrsVamos · 13/04/2013 22:45
This farce of a funeral is DC and co showboating.
I honestly feel that the family should have a private funeral, and be left to grieve in peace.
Let's face it, any funeral is for the people who loved the person who died to go and say goodbye, and pay their respects.
I think DC knows MT didn't particularly like him, or rate him as Leader, never mind PM, and the re-calling of parliament etc is his twisted way of trying to show 'us' his caring side.
I would think more of the show-boating politicians and family members returning from abroad if any of them had actually bothered about the old girl in recent months or weeks also.
TheCraicDealer · 13/04/2013 23:17
To be fair to DC, the arrangements for this funeral were finalised under Gordon Brown in an attempt to impress some of the more conservative floating voters out there. Like I said on a previous thread, the time for protests at spending this sort of cash on the funeral of a divisive figure should've been when the plans were announced, not at the damn thing.
MrsVamos · 13/04/2013 23:28
I knew someone would kindly point out, again, that DC did not arrange the funeral and all the pomp.
I have a feeling it may have been different though, regardless of plans, had MT passed away under a Labour government.
I maintain it's all showboating. In the end, her own party told her to go.
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