Whatever you may think of Thatcher the comment above is appallingly crass, and offensive beyond belief. Thatcher may have done many things that people disagree with. What she did not do was systematically set out to eradicate a complete race by throwing them into gas chambers. I am not Jewish by the way. I am however disabled another group who were targeted by Adolph Hitler. I would appreciate it if you would retract your statement, and rewrite it using a less contentious analogy.
Thanks for this Masaka, you beat me to it. I'm all for people expressing a view, but when they have to be crass and offensive to make a point they invalidate their whole argument.
I'm not quite old enough to really have much of an opinion of Thatcher's politics. My brother would argue, and might have a case for it, that she ruined industry and manufacturing in the country. Others could argue that she 'saved' the country from the mess it was in in the 70s. I'm not old enough to really know either way, although I do remember (just) the miner's strike, the introduction of the poll tax and the protests towards it, etc.
I do feel for her family. She was a mother, grandmother, etc. I know from personal experience what losing a parent is like, so I do feel sympathy for their loss.
That said, why, in all honesty, does she need a big elaborate funeral? It isn't going to be a State funeral, but it won't look much different to all intents and purposes. No prizes for guessing who will be paying for that, and it won't be her family. The fact is that Mrs Thatcher wasn't a Royal, and she had been out of office for years. Surely a big public funeral at St. Paul's is a wee bit over the top.
I don't mean to sound mean-spirited, but seriously, the country is up to its eye-balls in a deficit caused by the banks and politicians. Decent law-abiding citizens are losing money and being made to feel like scroungers due to a minority who don't want to get off their backsides, and yet money can be found for a big funeral for someone who probably caused more division than any other political leader Britain has ever had. Frankly if Cameron and the like want a big public affair, where they can sit for hours and crawl up each other's backsides, let them pay for it.