Now, I warn you now this not a particularly political post. I am not ranting about Margaret Thatcher. I am not even talking about her policies or what she did for the good or bad of our country. Sorry to disappoint if that is what you thought you were going to get then you don’t know me very well.
What I am ranting about and getting increasingly rantier about is how this country is behaving in the wake of her death this week. And sadly, how I think that behaviour is going to worsen as we get nearer to her funeral on Wednesday.
Parties being organised to “celebrate” her death? Really?
Facebook groups being set up so that co-ordinate riots and disruption can be organised?
A senior police officer Tweeting that he hopes she “suffered a long and painful death”
Suggesting a crowd be gathered to “piss on her grave”
Now I am sorry, I don’t care which side of the political fence you sit on, this is an 87 year old grandmother who has just died. What sort of a world are we living in where we treat somebody’s death in such a callous way?
“Ding Dong the witch is dead” in the download charts and debates in broadsheet newspapers about whether Radio One should play it during the chart show on Sunday? Really?
This is what we have stooped to?
Please don’t post comments saying “oh yes but She did this, or caused that, or removed that, sold the other”. I know. And I am not saying I agree with all or in fact anything she did or stood for, I am saying that what her death is creating is disgusting.
People Tweeted RIP messages on Twitter the day she died and then got lambasted for it. To the extent they then deleted them. People are now too scared to say anything vaguely complimentary for fear of being shouted at.
This aggression about her as a person has to stop.
Quite frankly it is pathetic. And childish. It comes across as throwing toys out of prams.
Again I am not saying people don’t have a valid beef about her but I cannot buy into celebration and jubilation of her death.
It won’t solve anything. Riot in the streets and achieve what exactly? The police officer who sent that Tweet has now resigned over it. So what did that achieve then?
If this is what civilised society has now become, Margaret Thatcher had it right when she said in 1987 that there is no such thing as society.
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