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Actually a rather beautiful and desperately sad song
on 13 April 2013
But what I want to say is that the self righteous tone of Cameron and so many others, and their shock that at her death we don't all suddenly see the error of our ways and accept Thatcher as the heroic fountain of goodness they feel she was - this more than anything makes transparent their deep (and deeply mistaken) assumption that they - wealthy and over-privileged - have a birthright to over-rule everyone else. Deep down, they haven't really accepted democracy yet. They think, because they happen to be in power at the time of her death, that they can simply impose their own version of history and overwrite what everyone else might think. So ignorant are some of them that they actually believe that most people think as they do, and tell themselves that those who say 'no, your version of history is fake' are just a few extremists or people with bad manners who don't really deserve a voice.
So that is why reasonable, middle aged, well educated people of goodwill, who experienced the destruction of so much of our heritage under Thatcher, have to find a way to act, to put something ELSE into the picture to make it more balanced. The BBC is weak at the moment - after Saville and with a new DG; some presenters are putting a more balanced view, but the general tone is far too respectful towards someone who - at best - has a very mixed legacy.