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  1. sbpeinado says

    So John, are these pictures from protests in London during the funeral ceremony?

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    • Yes. There were also protests around the country, including former coal mining areas. The protests were peaceful and not as violent as the Baroness’ time in power.

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  2. Gail Mackler says

    So how much did they spend on the funeral? Millions, I heard. Did you go and celebrate?

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    • Apparently the funeral cost was £10million ($15m). The latest round of “unavoidable cuts” to the UK Arts Council was £11.6million. The filmmaker Ken Loach had suggested that the funeral be put to competitive tender and the lowest bid accepted, as that is what she would have wanted.

      I did celebrate, and I think it’s important to do so. Not to celebrate the demise of an individual, but to prevent the theatre of such a funeral to be used to reconstruct history. After Reagan’s death his story was told in such a way as to create a president he never was. The UK Conservative leadership would like to create Thatcher’s legacy to aid their continuing class war against the poor. The mere act of celebration turns the memory of Thatcher and her times into a toxic asset that even her beloved deregulated financial markets and their supporters will find hard to sell to the world.

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  3. Nancy Witt says

    Thanks, John, for your right-on commentary. It is outrageous that so much was spent when it could have gone to better causes.

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