I do really believe that we should offer respect and courtesy to Thatcher as we should to anyone. The protests are distasteful and unpleasant. Why therefore do I hope that the protests are many and loud on the day.

This awful and elaborate funeral for the dead is being rammed down the throats of half the country and those unwilling mourners have to pay for it to boot.

Without protests how else may they object to it.

It is not as if there is no division. From the publicity shown here, it is very clear that this personality was no more popular than Stalin, Franco, Mugabe, Saddam Hussein, Mubarak, Pinochet, Hitler, or Mussolini.

Anyone who feels like challengiong that should pause for a moment to remember that not one Conservative MP was elected from the whole of Scotland. What's more not one Conservative was elected to Manchester City Council. If that is not polarisation I don't know what is.

Will they say that the whole of Scotland or the whole of Manchester is biased to the extent that no one with a blue rosette can succeed?

One newspaper had the headline that "Margaret Thatcher: An iron lady born with a will of steel". Much the same could be said of Stalin, Franco, Polpot, Saddam Hussein, and Mao Tse Tung. Intransigence is not a virtue, it is a great weakness. Intransigence ignores opportunities and fosters mistakes.

Generally, the Tory newspapers brand anyone who objects to the funeral as "Leftist". It is as predictable as Mao Tse Tung and his cries of "American running dogs of war". It is the sheer predictability that ruins the point they wanted to make. It is a testimony to their calculated blindness that has some newspapers saying that she must have been a great leader because she was so stubborn.

Her intransigence with regard to the poll tax was the immediate cause of her down fall. It was a decent thing that her cronies did to relieve the electorate of the job, but that only resulted in they greyness of John Major, to be followed by an unhealthy avalanche in favour of Labour. What a strange thing! In principle I backed the the poll tax all the way. But it mignited the fuse. The hoi poloi would finally pay their fair share for services as individuals. That was what the electorate could not swallow. It was a pity she was so antagonistic to the Communists - "each according to his needs" might have carried the day.

She was always safe attacking the weak and the poor. Early on, as Minister of Education, she snatched the school milk from children. It was not worthy of her. It saved very little money compared to what she was to spend on her police; but they could not fight back, could they? She was not ever full of courage.

From the safety of her office she sent armed executioners to kill off unarmed Irish Catholics on the streets in Gibralter. They were gunned down very much in the same fashion as the Chicago gangsters dealt with their rivals. She was not ever full of courage.

"Well, she stood up to Europe didn't she!" Actually she had very little success with Europe. I remember several occasions when her Government had made decisions which were bad decisions and promptly were trumped by Brussels. I was not a true European but I was glad of the Brussels sound common sense at the time. Brussels was a saviour as Thatcher took a stroll round the wilder shores of madness.

I understand that the Australian Premier has claimed that she was "unabashedly racist". I cannot make that out. I know a lot about Thatcher but not anything to do with being racist. Given her "odd" personality it is entirely believeable that she was racist.

In my report of a couple of days ago I have already dealt with the misunderstanding of the Falklands war. Were her admirers for that mainly women? If so it would explain why amateurs in warfare would see it as a resounding victory. They would probably not notice the glaring mistakes made, that were entirely preventable:

Even today the effects of her "scorched earth" Conservatism is blighting lives. Why do we have such a great shortage of social housing? Because Margaret Thatcher sold off a large part of it at knock down prices. All those thousands of young couples who now know that they can never get on the bottom rung of the housing ladder must be feeling enraged and betrayed.

Sir Harold Macmillan was right when he stood up in Parliament and told the world that she would sell off the family silver. Even the grandees of the Conservative Party had had enough of her. By that time she had fallen out with all those who had been in her cabinet but had been given the elbow.

She had become quite unelectable and like any mad dog she had to be put down. She was all alone and without a worthwhile friend.

She breathed life into the myth that the Conservative Party was the Nasty Party. Who ever said that knew that it would be very believeable. She was cruel and nasty some of the time. Even at best she was triumphal.

She turned every vice into a virtue. It was good to be selfish, and grasping and to claw ones wat to the top. She congratulated yuppies and decried the average working man for not being a wealthy financier.

Her world did not need to have compassion; it was survival of the fittest, the devil take the hindmost.

She coldly and calculatedly killed off thousands and thousands of industrial jobs. She made little provision for those people. Of course, she reassured her cronies. The lost jobs would be replaced by nice clean jobs in the service industries - like the banks. She never owned up to the simple fact that steelmen and coal miners do not make good bank clerks. It just didn't matter. Those industries did not favour her so she would snuff them out in much the same way that Stalin snuffed out the Kulaks.

There should be no surprise that the thousands upon thousand of youngsters without a job, or the many young couples who are without a home of their own. Is it so terribly unexpected that they should protest when they are "instructed" to pay 10M for her elaborate funeral; especially when we are ostensibly in a time of such austerity.

What really astonishes me (and I expect a lot of others) is the surprise registering on the faces of the sycophantic few who object to the tasteless celebrations. In what universe have they been for the last 30-odd years? Did they never suspect that Margaret Thatcher had run everybody into the ground?

We understand that she will be cremated after the funeral which is a good thing. The recent violent protests have given rise to the spectre of some group digging her up again.

Of Prince Hal, Shakespeare said "I'll so offend to make offence a skill, redeeming time when men think least I will". And Prince Hal did all of that when he was Henry V, but Thatcher never let up. She did nothing about redeeming her mistakes.

At the end of the day she is worthy of our respect but it is also obvious that the coalition Government has hijacked her funeral for grubby political purposes and it is right to object. Let us all hope that the hijack does no good at all.

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