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    It's been a bloody strange week... people in the office looking at each other awkwardly, not knowing 'which side you're on' and then if somebody mutters a quiet 'ding dong' everyone breathes a sigh of relief and starts ranting about how much they hated her... on the other hand, trying not to upset the 'admirers' you still have to work with (at least, not upset them TOO much).

    But it has provoked some genuinely interesting discussions.

    I'm dreading the funeral day next week. London will be a nightmare...
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      CommentAuthorkahavi
    • CommentTimeApr 13th 2013
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    Honest to honesty, my only reaction thus far has been, "yay, my Ma thesis is suddenly relevant".

    And to think that she is being compared to Churchill...
    • CommentAuthorroadscum
    • CommentTimeApr 13th 2013
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    Bit of a party going on in Trafalgar square. Strangely i can see nothing on the BBC about it. Funny, that. Short report on the Evening Standard though, and more on the twitters #thatcherdeathparty.
    • CommentAuthorScrymgeour
    • CommentTimeApr 14th 2013
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    @kahavi, she's also being compared to Hitler so I suspect that there's hyperbole on either side. What was your MA?
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      CommentAuthorkahavi
    • CommentTimeApr 14th 2013
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    @Scrymgeour: I'm doing a semantic study of identity vocabulary in her and Churchill's Europe-related speeches. Thus far I've noticed that Thatcher was full of shit, although rhetorically effective, and Churchill was a realist with greater aspirations for Europe. Honestly, the massive gap between their ideologies and policies just makes my head explode. How the hell were they the products of the same party?!

    (my supervisor had a laughing fit when I proposed the topic to him. he knows I'm an active member of the Green Party with a leftist mindset...)

    The Hitler comparison is a bit much, but then again, that comparison always is. Well, with the exception of Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot. And a bunch of other massively murderous dictators.
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    @kahavi:

    "How the hell were they the products of the same party?!"
    The same can be said of Lincoln and either Bush.

    I'm taking odds Britain in general and London in particular will basically kick off Wednesday, big-time - and that a lot of news will buried at that time.
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      CommentAuthorcity creed
    • CommentTimeApr 14th 2013
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    With all of the soft-focus commentary and equivocating genuflection going on, I find myself getting really nostalgic for Spitting Image. I'd have loved to have seen their take on Thatcher's funeral. Recent political satire on British TV has been so gutless and feeble by comparison, White Bear excepted. Even in the press, every issue Private Eye seems less like a satirical publication and more like a numbing litany of openly criminal and incompetent behaviour by our lords and masters. Nobody is going after the personalities of the political establishment with an edge like this anymore:
    Shame, really.
    • CommentAuthorScrymgeour
    • CommentTimeApr 15th 2013
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    @cat Vincent
    I think you're right about the news, not sure about London kicking off, maybe other reasonable centres will what with police being siphoned from them.
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    Senator Mitch Mc Connell raises a stink over an insufficiently obsequious resolution praising Thatcher. I'd prefer that Mc Connell and his ilk strengthen the Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms Bureau, but what do I know?
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    Those sickened by the political and media fawning over the Thatcher funeral procession should read The Moz' take on Thatcher's legacy...and play "Margaret At the Guillotine" as loudly as possible.
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      CommentAuthorLazarus99
    • CommentTimeApr 19th 2013
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    @Flabyo

    The LibDems are FAR from right wing FFS.


    Well...certainly more right-wing than they pretend to be.


    Keeping in mind that my entire knowledge of UK politics stems from Have I got News for You...
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeApr 19th 2013
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    @Laz - oddly, my entire knowledge of US politics stems from same :)

    Suffice to say it's more complex than that, on both counts.
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      CommentAuthorLazarus99
    • CommentTimeApr 19th 2013
     (11046.74)
    @Flabyo

    Oh, no, my knowledge of US politics mostly comes from The Daily Show.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeApr 19th 2013
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    Sadly the Daily Show isn't something I have easy access to.

    And I'll be damned if I'm going to watch Sky News...
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      CommentAuthorFoamhead
    • CommentTimeApr 19th 2013
     (11046.76)
    *cough*easy access to The Daily Show/The Colbert Report (and it's not a torrent download)*cough*

    Circumstances permitting, obvs.