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Glasgow leads parties to ‘mark Thatcher’s death’

by | 8th, April 2013

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WORDS on Margaret Thatcher’s passing will run into the millions. But only STV has the apparent scoop that her son Mark Thatcher has also died.

In other news, over 300 people massed in Glasgow to celebrate the former Prime Minister’s death.

Such potential political forces in Britain as the Anti-Bedroom Tax Federation, the Communist Party, the Socialist Party, the Socialist Working Party, the International Socialist Group gathered in Glasgow’s George Square to rejoice in the news that an 87-year-old woman had had a fatal stroke.

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Joshua Brown from the Unite the Resistance movement, said: “We’re having a great time, down here. We have banners, placards, a sound system — there’s a real celebratory atmosphere!”

Mrs T.  revitalized British pop music :

Musical responses to Thatcher came in three varieties. There were songs that took a hard look at the country, especially during the early 1980s recession and the Falklands war: the aimless dispossessed of Ghost Town, the conflicted dockworker of Shipbuilding, the struggling poor of A Town Called Malice, the despair-poisoned citizens of the The’s Heartland. There were the character assassinations: Crass’s incandescent Falklands response How Does It Feel to Be the Mother of 1,000 Dead (quoted to the lady herself at Prime Minister’s Question Time), the Blow Monkeys’ somewhat premature (Celebrate) The Day After YouMorrissey‘s Margaret on the Guillotine and Elvis Costello‘s venomous Tramp the Dirt Down.

I could name dozens more but there are hundreds in the third category: whole careers, like that of the Smiths, implicitly underpinned by opposition to Thatcherite values. Look at the long list of people who played benefit gigs for such causes as the miners’ strike or Red Wedge and you’ll find such seemingly unlikely names as Wham! and Spandau Ballet’s Gary Kemp.

Elvis Costello is on guitar:

Next up, shoegazers:

And The Beat:

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Photo: Margaret Thatcher holds up a “I love  Maggie” t-shirt at the Conservative Party Conference exhibition in Blackpool.

On twitter Colchester Labour councillor Tina Bourne posted a photo of bottle of champagne and the message: “Chin chin everyone.”

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And in Brixton, London, someone most likely not born when Maggie Thatcher rose to power celebrates her death.

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George Galloway, the irony of ironies Respect MP for Bradford West wrote on Twitter “Tramp the dirt down” , a comment on the aforesaid Costello song. He then told a tweeter:

You’re obviously a teenage scribbler then? Or one with no memory.

That’s George Galloway the man who stick his nose inside Saddam Hussain’s knickers and inhaled deeply. We remember, George.

David Hopper, general secretary of the Durham Miners’

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