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Good readers, step right up! Listen if you will to the tumult of supine, servile, utterly vomitive tributes to the recently deceased Maggie in the mainstream media today.
Marvel at the astonishingly convenient forgetfulness of myriad toffee-nosed hacks as they trample riotously over the graves of the British manufacturing base, public services and- literally- working people in their rush to praise this dear departed demoness; wonder at the sheer gall of the crypto-fascist swine that form orderly, oinking queues to take turns stepping into the spotlight and raising a glass to their moral and political idol… Thrill to the sight of roving gangs of neo-conservatives slapping down any dissent or deviation from the party line!
In the news today, Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain (from 1979 to 1990) has passed away. Bereft of life, she rests in peace. This, is, an ex-premiere.
Now, I could wax (on and wax off) lyrical about who Margaret Thatcher really was. I could explore the fact that despite her regularly wheeled out piffle about being a grocer’s daughter she was in fact brought up as a relatively priveliged right-wing zealot of an unremarkable sort… one who would not have made any impact in the world were it not for the fact that she married a millionaire who financed her insane ambition to plunge our nation back into the dark ages from whence it crawled.
But someone has done it better here: Death of a Class Warrior by Tom Mills
I could talk about how her legacy is a combination of producing two ghastly overly-monied children (one literal criminal, one obvious racist), waging a war for votes , gleefully snuggling up to some of the most horrific and murderous regimes the earth has ever SEEN (the Khmer Rouge and Augusto Pinochet, to name but two), persecuting gay folk, and demolishing the lives of several generations of Britain’s poor people (an act continuing to this day).
But you know all that already, surely.
Instead, why don’t I talk about the fact that Thatcher represented the dark side of human nature. Whenever someone barges in front of you in a queue, that’s Thatcherism. Whenever someone mugs another person for their mobile phone, that’s Thatcherism. Whenever someone manipulates others for personal gain, that’s Thatcherism. Thatcher was very much about selfishness, ego and contempt for the rights of others. Her concept of “freedom” was a hellish one indeed: Freedom to Thatcher was freedom to take whatever you wanted, from whomever you were capable of victimizing.
Everyone you’ll ever have to defend yourself from in your life… is a little bit of a Thatcher.
As for the comment in the press… Hack journos often wrongly accuse a man as blameless as Noam Chomsky of crimes as nefarious as supporting the Khmer Rouge. But this is someone who ACTUALLY DID support the Khmer Rouge. You wouldn’t know it from the coverage today. One of history’s greatest monsters is dead. You wouldn’t be made aware of this simple fact by reading, watching or listening to the mainstream media. As ever, by disguising the crimes of the powerful, journalists make themselves complicit in those crimes.
These fawning media moral vacuums disgust me. They should disgust you too. They should disgust themselves.
I’ll finish with the sentiments of several people who have dared to speak the truth at a time when the professed sanctity of one woman’s death is used as a bludgeon to silence the truth.
Gerry Adams: “Thatcher did great hurt to the Irish and British people”
Lindsey German: “Margaret Thatcher laid the basis for policies which wrecked the lives of millions in Britain. But she should also be remembered as a warmonger.”
Frankie Boyle: “Thatcher being dead is a lot less tragic than Cameron being alive”
Ken Livingstone: “It’s a tragedy she ever came to power”
Peter Tatchell: “she showed no empathy for the victims of her harsh, ruthless policy decisions”
George Galloway: “Thatcher described Nelson Mandela as a “terrorist”. I was there. I saw her lips move. May she burn in the hellfires”
Mark Steel: “Thanks to everyone who’s asked over the last two days, but I’m bearing up despite the news and managing to soldier on.”
Russell Brand: “Her death must be sad for the handful of people she was nice to and the rich people who got richer under her stewardship. It isn’t sad for anyone else.”
But perhaps the most incisive line was from Paul Kenny, a union leader (GMB):
“Her legacy involves the destruction of communities, the elevation of personal greed over social values and legitimising the exploitation of the weak by the strong.”
This is what was wrong with Thatcher. This is what is wrong with her devotees, and successors (i.e: most mainstream politicians and virtually all mainstream journalists). When the strong make a creed of dominating the weak, that’s what we call… that’s what we SHOULD call…