If anyone has read my previous posts on this thread, my feelings on the late Mrs Thatcher ought to be clear. Like Iluvandy, I lived through her administration and base most of my opinions on that experience.
I'm now considering the morality of those protestors accused of 'dancing on her grave' in various cities in Britain. Despite my loathing of her, and her policies, my instinct is to dismiss these celebrations as disrespectful and lacking in taste. I could not bring myself to behave in this way - no matter who had died.
However, I am surprised to find that I cannot vilify those who celebrate Thatcher's death as readily as I would expect. Since her death was announced, the circus has been in town, with endless hours of tributes in the media, telling us how she 'saved the country' or 'made Britain great again'. In other words, a life to celebrate. Of course, dissenters have been given their chance to speak, but, generally, as a sideshow, in the media's rather obvious attempt to appease those who require 'balanced reporting'.
We had 7 hours of 'debate' in parliament, where politicians recounted their endless anecdotes and tributes - even opponents, mostly, seemed reluctant to be seen to criticise. This was funded to the tune of almost £4k per person in the form of expenses. We've had Falklands veteran Simon Weston ( a decent bloke of admirable courage ), claim that Thatcher's handling of that war put Britain back on the map as it was restored to greatness. Who's dancing on graves now ?
And we have the state funeral 'light' this wednesday. This will be viewed all over the world, and how can it be seen as anything other than a massive tribute to a leader who was loved by her people ? And yet we know that nothing could be further from the truth. Even Thatcher's supporters acknowledge she was divisive, so shouldn't the feelings of those who vigourously opposed her be taken into account ? We are not talking about a tiny minority here. And, of course, there is the ultimate irony that public money pays for a send-off for the queen of privatisation.
The bottom line is, we are telling the world how wonderful she was, end of story, so it can be no surprise that those who disagree feel the need to show their feelings in the strongest terms possible. The news of Margaret Thatcher's passing has re-opened some old, and very deep, wounds within this country. My own sense of morality tells me I mustn't celebrate, but it seems I am unable to condemn those who do.
Having finally managed to bring myself to read this thread, yours is the one post that speaks for me, so thank you Sid. No I won't be dancing on Margaret Thatcher's grave but neither will I be watching a single minute of this travesty of a funeral.
It makes me angry that a woman who showed so much contempt for the people of this country - and I mean Scotland as well as the rest of the UK - should be given the same honour which was accorded to that other politician, Sir Winston Churchill, in 1965. Churchill wasn't perfect but he led Britain through the dark days of WW2, and for that he will not, and should not, be forgotten. I did watch his funeral on TV and there was an overwhelming sense of mourning amongst the vast crowds who thronged the route of the procession, in the same way as it was for Princess Diana and the Queen Mother. Tomorrow, on the other hand, the route is as likely to be lined with protestors as it is with those who, for whatever reason, either do feel some genuine grief at her passing or feel under an obligation to go through the motions of grieving. Putting it bluntly, Margaret Thatcher should be laid to rest with the minimum of fuss and not paraded on the world stage like the heroine she most certainly wasn't.