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Let Go, Let Go.... [Apr. 9th, 2013|10:31 am]
Tony Grist
The difference between a state funeral and a ceremonial funeral seems to be that a state funeral involves a lying in state and a ceremonial one doesn't. So, not much difference at all.

There was dancing in the streets in Brixton. A shop window was smashed. I imagine most of the revellers will have been born since her time.  The traditional enmity has been handed down. She has become a folk demon- like Guy Fawkes.

The Right is banging on about how she saved the country. From what exactly? And at what cost? I only see a legacy of division. She didn't create the class system or the north-south divide but she exacerbated them.

Usually when a person this grand dies there is nothing but eulogy. In this one special case such one-sidedness would be dishonest. I have been surprised at how measured the coverage has been. Channel 4 news pitted Louise Mensch against Alexei Sayle- a disciple against an old enemy. "Give it to 'em, Alexei!" I thought, but in fact he was incoherent- and used a bad word for which Jon Snow had to apologize.

Maybe once we've marched her through London and laid her to rest we can stop fighting the battles of 30 years ago. That would be nice, wouldn't it?
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[User Picture]From: idahoswede
2013-04-09 11:15 am (UTC)
I find it quite sad that despite one's opinion of anyone or anything, there would be a celebration on the death of a human being.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-04-09 12:45 pm (UTC)
I agree. I think the celebrations are tasteless.

On the other hand I see this upcoming ceremonial funeral as an equally tasteless piece of political triumphalism.
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[User Picture]From: veronica_milvus
2013-04-09 11:21 am (UTC)
Apparently they are cremating her. I want to scatter her ashes in Orgreave.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-04-09 12:50 pm (UTC)
Apparently they're going to the Royal Naval Hospital in Greenwich. I'm not sure what will happen to them there-
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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2013-04-09 01:06 pm (UTC)
I think the decision to cremate her is very wise. Keeping her grave secure would be a nightmare and I certainly don't want her costing the tax payer money even after she's dead.
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