Channel 4 News quoting unnamed cabinet minister:
We have had a Thatcher-fest and we will reap the whirlwind.
The Funeral has (as is the victor’s practice) attempted to rewrite history. They claim that she was the greatest post-war Prime Minister, the First Women Prime Minister, and the longest Serving Prime Minister. Have they over-played their hand?
The Thatcher Funeral was covered live on:
BBC Newswatch (12 April 2013 20:45 News Channel): Two viewers commenting on Thatcher coverage – one from Glasgow and one from Tunbridge Wells. This is getting beyond satire!
From Glasgow complaining about sycophantic reporting; from Tunbridge Wells disgusted about lack of respect!
In respect of the Munchkins’ song, Auntie appears to have her knickers in a twist (homage to Leslie Thomas – ding dong!)
The death of Baroness Thatcher (Prime Minister 1979-1990) has been announced today (8 April 2013). It will inevitably provoke much discussion and debate.
Those of us who did not personally know her need to remember that she was a wife and mother before she was an MP. Those who privately grieve her passing will have to do so in the midst of a media storm.
The media storm is going over the top. I notice that the BBC News Broadcasters have changed into “full mourning” garb (black suits, black ties), and there is talk of her having a funeral “on a par with that of the Queen Mother” (BBC One O’clock News 8 April 2013). (“Ceremonial with full military honours” – ITN News 1:30 8 April 2013.) This coverage is to be regretted as it could provoke an unseemly backlash from those who struggle to mourn the politician whilst knowing they should permit the mourning of the person. I think this says as much about the media as the person. Read more…