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Popularity 2Viewed 17366 times 2013-4-10 16:24 |System category:News| Margaret, Thatcher

From the ashes of Margaret Thatcher’s death an unlikely phoenix is rising to top of the UK’s music charts.

The Judy Garland classic Ding Dong the Witch is Dead, made famous by the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz, has soared up the download charts and is now in the top three in the UK.

The unlikely resurgence in the song follows a Facebook campaign by the anti-Thatcher sentiment sweeping the UK following the death of the divisive former prime minister.

Love her or hate her, and I am more the latter, her funeral could easily turn into a protest by people who despised everything she stood for. The irony of police brutality and “kettling” even at her funeral will not be lost on the upper echelons of the boys in blue.

For me, my opinion was formed at a very young age. Her government banned the free milk given to all school children after morning playtime when I was about six years old. The policy earned her the nickname ‘Thatcher The Milk Snatcher’.

Sing along…Ding dong the wicked milk-snatching witch is dead….

But for those charged with policing next week’s funeral, the situation is more troubling than a silly song.

MPs and lords returned to parliament from the Easter recess on Wednesday to spend hours debating the death of the former prime minister.

The public already seem angry that part of the ten million pound cost of the funeral will be paid by the people. Even the tone of Britain’s newspapers changed overnight once they realized people held parties to celebrate her death.

David Winnick, the MP for Walsall North who has said parliament should be free to criticize the "brutal contempt" with which Margaret Thatcher treated millions of working people said: "It would be absolutely hypocritical if those of us who were opposed at the time to what occurred – the mass unemployment, the poverty – were to remain silent when the house is debating her life. This will be an opportunity to speak frankly.

"Obviously when a person dies one regrets it. But what I do regret first and foremost is the immense harm…where deindustrialization occurred.

"Even if it could be argued that some of it was inevitable, the manner in which it was done – the brutal contempt towards those who were innocent victims – was absolutely disgraceful."

The days ahead for Operation True Blue – the police codename for the funeral – will no doubt be tasking.

But one reason given for the cost of police operation and funeral is that Thatcher was once targeted for assassination by the IRA. Hardly worth it now, but very convenient to suppress genuine free speech under the guise of a threat of terrorism. Sound familiar?


The new Director General of the BBC has ordered Radio 1 to explain to young listeners on Sunday night primetime show why a song from the 1930s has suddenly returned to the top of the music charts in the UK.  Pricless radio and a representation of modern social networking out beating tired old thinking from Thatcher-loving Alan Partridge types who dreamed of raising chickens in the countryside and failed.

 

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Reply Report lihanwen 2013-4-12 17:29
Update: Ding Dong the Witch is Dead is now No.1 in the UK music charts sparking the Daily Telegraph front page headline "BBC chief refuses to ban Thatcher death song"
Interesting times: honor in death, reality and the lessons of Jimmy past haunt the decision makers amid North Korea birthday rocket faux drama.
Reply Report lihanwen 2013-4-12 17:31
Update: Ding Dong the Witch is Dead is now No.1 in the UK music charts sparking the Daily Telegraph front page headline "BBC chief refuses to ban Thatcher death song"
Interesting times: honor in death, reality and the lessons of Jimmy past haunt the decision makers amid North Korea birthday rocket faux drama.
Reply Report tradervic 2013-4-13 12:00
Hm... will there be the same fanfare for Tony Blair in the future?  Sorry, but given the last couple of years of 'peaceful protests' that I have seen left, right, and center out of the UK, I am not surprised that the arms are going to be out for this event.
Reply Report lihanwen 2013-4-13 15:32
Indeed, covertly and overtly
Reply Report lihanwen 2013-4-13 16:34
24 hours from now the new Director General of the BBC has ordered Radio 1 to explain to young views why a song from the 1930s has suddenly returned to the top of the music charts in the UK, pricless radio and a representation of modern social networking outbeating tired old thinking from Thatcher-loving Alan Partridge types who dreamed of raising chickens in the countryside and failed.
http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNTQyMDM1NDY4.html
Reply Report lihanwen 2013-4-14 10:40
A piece from the Guardian says "Ding Dong over Thather song makes the BBC no better than China" in reference to censorship.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/apr/13/ding-dong-song-thatcher-bbc-china
Reply Report lihanwen 2013-4-14 17:29
http://www.euronews.com/2013/04/14/thatcher-opponents-await-ding-dong-fate-in-uk-music-chart/
Reply Report lihanwen 2013-4-15 09:00
Hilarious, from the Guardian. Dong Dong was No.2...
The tune from the 1939 Judy Garland film narrowly missed out on the No 1 spot in Sunday's chart, finishing second to Need U, the crossover house hit by Duke Dumont featuring A*M*E, despite a last-minute surge in sales.

After the BBC's new director general, Tony Hall, intervened, the BBC played just a seven-second clip of the song, part of a news item by Radio 1 music reporter Sinead Garvan that lasted just over 90 seconds.

Thatcher, she told listeners, "strongly divided opinion" between those who accused her of "putting millions out of work and not caring about the poor" and those who believe she "changed the UK for the better by taking Britain's then failing economy and making it successful".

She added: "Some politicians said it was disrespectful to play it while others say it is because she stood for freedom and allowing people to have their say."

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