"Where else would you go when you have an ax to grind?"

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Not wishing to speak of ill of the dead is a fine sentiment, unless the dead are horrible villains

"No man is an island. Every man's death diminishes me, for I am a part of mankind. "
--John Donne

"There is no such thing as society"
 -- Maggie Thatcher.

"She created today's housing crisis, she produced the banking crisis...In actual fact, every real problem we face today is the legacy of the fact she was fundamentally wrong"
-- former London Mayor Ken Livingstone

The video above is one of dozens, possibly hundreds or even thousands of pieces of art created during Thatcher's reign condemning her. The sheer number of artists that were moved to create critical works ought to give one pause.
While politicians and pundits across North America and in the conservative press in the UK are almost uniform in their adoration of the Iron Lady for hanging on to a former South Atlantic coaling station as the last vestige of Britain's colonial empire at the cost of hundreds of lives, somehow tag teaming with Ronald Reagan to win the Cold War by sheer force of will and steely-eyed determination, and for 'making Britain great again,' thousands of ordinary working people have taken to the streets across England, Northern Ireland and Scotland to celebrate the death of the woman who brought in poll taxes, tried to outlaw homosexuality, destroyed the trade union movement, put Northern Ireland under martial law and had prisoners tortured.

Every man's diminishes me, for I am a part of mankind, but some deaths diminish me more or less than others.