After it was announced yesterday that former prime minister Baroness Margaret Thatcher had died her critics took to the streets in celebration across the country.
In Brixton, Glasgow and Leeds people opened champagne and cheered, shouting: “Maggie, Maggie, Maggie, dead, dead, dead”. The celebrations continued in to the early hours of this morning and police struggled to disperse the crowds that gathered.
(Interestingly enough I did not see any black people celebrating Thatcher’s death outside The Ritzy in Brixton).
Yesterday The Daily Telegraph closed their online comment section because of the abuse aimed at Thatcher and a campaign to get the classic song from the Wizard Of Oz, ‘The Wicked Witch Is Dead’, to number 1 in the UK chart has been set up by a group of individuals on Facebook.
The Independent reports ‘that within 24 hours of the former Prime Minister’s death, the song had risen to number 9 in the iTunes best-sellers chart. It reached number 2 on the Amazon singles download chart. Sales figures for Monday, released by the Official Charts Company, showed that the song had already made it to number 54 in the rundown used by Radio 1. Also A song specifically written to attack Lady Thatcher, “Tramp The Dirt Down” by Elvis Costello, also rose to 79 on the iTunes chart.’
I know Thatcher’s hard line policies ruined many lives (mainly the struggling working class) and that reaction to her death would be divided, but I was not expecting the celebrations in the street and scenes of people openly rejoicing over her death.
The scenes of people ‘partying like it’s 1999’ were uncomfortable to watch.
Rest In Peace Margaret Thatcher.