Margaret Thatcher Dead; Underground Clubland Rejoices
Chris Liberator: “Never speak ill of the dead, but Margaret Thatcher was responsible for so many crimes against the people of this country, she will not be remembered well by those of my generation .
She will be remembered by the history books, however, as a strong woman who gained power in a man’s world, but the admiration she received for this feat is overshadowed by the very obtuseness and wilful, unchecked, destructive vision she employed to attain this.
Her personal legacy is to have engineered the most dangerous misguided abuse of power since Hitler. Her ‘vision’ destroyed Britain’s communities, it’s unions and it’s welfare state, sent soldiers to die uselessly in the Falklands conflict, attempted via the most unfair tax of the last 100 years to tax those who could least afford it, and in essence created an all out assault on this country’s working classes, a legacy felt to this day that will never heal.
It left us with the privatising, corporate, soulless, petty ‘every one for themselves’ mentality that has pervaded this country ever since but has actually left us, even on an economic level, with very little, no industry, no services and nowhere to go from here. A poster girl for the Daily Mail . . . say no more.”
Jagz Kooner: “The only thing I have to say really (considering everyone will have an opinion on this) is that her self belief, ruthlessly staunch views, narrow-mindedness and stubbornness to do only what she wanted to do (regardless of public opinion, & against the will of her cabinet or party) means she is probably the closest thing to a dictator we are going to see in a democratic country. ”
Dave the Drummer: “I’m not one for taking a cheap shot at someone who’s died. But fuck her.”
Tim Sheridan (Very Very Wrong Indeed): “It seems to me that unless you were an adult in the 80s you can’t judge this.
Thatcher laid waste to the North amongst other targets. I hated her and her cronies. Hate is not a word used lightly. I can’t watch people who were at school at the time blindly stand up for something because it’s a net meme. Politicians for a day in a vortex of opinion based on zero experience.
I was in the thick of it in the 80s and I was in Brixton last night (Monday) and I’m proud of every moment in opposition to her. Burn Maggie burn. Hell is a pit that stayed open just for you.”
Stephen Mallinder (Cabaret Voltaire): “Margaret Thatcher was a divisive, immoral and wrong person who should never have been allowed power. She, along with Reagan were the gateway leaders who opened us up to all the flawed social and economic policies that are now shaping society.”
Carl Loben (DJ Magazine): “She called Nelson Mandela “a terrorist”, was friends with fascist dictator Pinochet, her divisive policies of selfish individualism caused hurt to a lot of people, and her legacy lives on in the current bunch of Tory c**ts we have in government in the UK. So no tears here, obviously. But I’m not celebrating either – I prefer to celebrate positive things.”
Mark Broadbent (We Love, Ibiza): “Seems a little ghoulish to celebrate the death of somebody but I suspect hordes of Brits cheered when they heard Adolf Hitler was dead so let us shout to the heavens.
Thatcher the milk snatcher is dead. Hooray hooray hooray….happy the way she went out too. Sat in her own shit for the past five years. Less than she deserved but . . .”
BEST OF THE REST:
Marc Almond: “Ding dong, The Witch is dead’. (Twitter/ Times)
Peter Tatchell: “In 1988, the Thatcher government legislated Britain’s first new anti-gay law in 100 years: Section 28. At the 1987 Conservative party conference she mocked people who defended the right to be gay, insinuating that there was no such right. During her rule, arrests and convictions for consenting same-sex behavior rocketed, as did queer bashing violence and murder.” (Pink News: http://bit.ly/12yQsQp )
Glenn Greenwald: “This demand for respectful silence in the wake of a public figure’s death is not just misguided but dangerous . . . The key point is this: those who admire the deceased public figure (and their politics) aren’t silent at all. They are aggressively exploiting the emotions generated by the person’s death to create hagiography. . . Demanding that no criticisms be voiced to counter that hagiography is to enable false history and a propagandistic whitewashing of bad acts, distortions that become quickly ossified and then endure by virtue of no opposition and the powerful emotions created by death.” Guardian:
Guardian columnist and Thatcher biographer Hugo Young (in 2003): “I think by far her greatest virtue, in retrospect, is how little she cared if people liked her.”
“Margaret Thatcher dead: Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead tops download charts after campaign by late PM’s critics.” (Daily Mirror )