10 April 2013

A Little Dignity

When it comes to Margaret Thatcher, people have very clear-cut views.  That much has always been evident.  People either like or loathe her, depending on what their outlook on her time as prime minister was.

I’m not writing this post to argue political issues and what she did or did not do.  I’m writing this post in relation to the frankly abhorrent comments and hateful things I have seen said over the past few days.

From people holding parties in the street, to others buying “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead” to such a degree that it is now in the top ten on the Itunes Charts, I’ve never seen anything like it before.  Twitter is full of people celebrating her death, suggesting parties when “the witch burns” and hoping that she is “being tortured in hell”.

She made her mistakes, you cannot deny that, but whatever else you say about Margaret Thatcher you can’t deny that she had courage of conviction.  She had her victories too.  She played a part in the end of the Cold War and brought us to victory in the Falklands. 

She survived an IRA bombing attack and was still at the Conservative Party Conference the next day at 9.00am.  Can you imagine any of our current MPs doing the same?  I wholly doubt it.  They would have been up and out of there quicker than you could say “How much can I claim in expenses for this?”.

This woman didn’t commit genocide.  She isn’t Adolf Hitler.  In the grand scale of things does she really deserve all of this hate nearly 25 years after she left Downing Street?  

Will the same things be said of Tony Blair for the war in Iraq or of David Cameron for the privatisation of the NHS and cuts of benefits?

In the end, she died a frail 87 year old woman, reading in her bed.  Whatever your views on Margaret Thatcher may be, can we not show a little restraint in how they are expressed? 

Think of her family, of her children, of the people who loved her.  Would you like to be grieving at the loss of your mother, whilst in the background you hear chimes of “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead”?  Let’s show a little dignity.

“Maturity is the ability to think, speak and act your feelings within the bounds of dignity.”  Samuel Ullman.


 
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9 comments:

  1. Bravo. Very well written. And I totally agree with everything you have written. The way people have behaved is disgusting and frankly makes me ashamed to breathe the same air as them.

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    1. Thank you Kaye. People are of course entitled to their own thoughts and opinions, but it is the way that people express them that shows our true character. Saying things like "hope the witch burns" isn't an admirable trait.

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  2. I think Margaret Thatcher was an awful human being, but you're completely right. She did terrible things, but we should never rejoice over anyone's death like that. My opinion of her politics doesn't matter; it is cruel to her friends and family who loved her to see people celebrating like that.

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    1. So many have different opinions on her and everyone is entitled to those, but I wrote this because as you say, we should never rejoice over someone's death.

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  3. I'm not a fan of Thatcher AT ALL but I'll not celebrate anyone's death. I saw on tv some of the parties people were having last night and it made me feel a little ill. She was a very polarising woman, but celebrating the death of a person who has living relatives is crass to the max. x x

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    1. Thanks for commenting Leah. I purposely didn't say in the post whether I was a fan of her's or not and tried to be objective, as my purpose was the public's reaction. It has really shocked me the things that have been said and done.

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  4. you have put across my exact feelings on the matter. There are actual horrible people out there, who do awful things, in the grand scheme, she doesn't fit into this category. It isn't about politics, it is about a lack of human compassion. If someones nan died and i posted the same things, people would condemn me, but this is the exact same thing, expect this woman lived part of her life in the public eye so it seems to be ok. "I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy." - Martin Luther King Jr a fitting quote i think.

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    1. A very fitting quote! My thoughts are for her family, having to listen to all of this vile commentary. People can criticise a person without going to anywhere near this level.

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  5. I totally agree with everything you say. I think it is disgraceful the way certain people have behaved, particularly given the fact that most of the ones I have seen on the TV aren't even old enough to have suffered as a result of her politics!
    Why people feel that it is right to take pleasure in the death of another person, particularly an elderly lady who regardless of whether you agreed with her politics did always try to do what she thought was for the best for the greater good

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