‘Heartless’ Christian Margaret Thatcher ‘passes into glory and the angels are rejoicing’

Margaret Thatcher

Baroness Thatcher, dead at 87

MARGARET  Thatcher, who died today, once said that her Conservative government was “engaged in the massive task of restoring confidence and stability to our people” because “unless the spirit of the nation which has sustained us is renewed, our national life will perish.

This “spirit”observes Archbishop Cranmer:

Was unequivocally and uncompromisingly Christian. She said: ‘I find it difficult to imagine that anything other than Christianity is likely to resupply most people in the West with the virtues necessary to remoralise society in the very practical ways which the solution of many present problems require’. Here, Margaret Thatcher comes as close as she can to identifying Christianity and Conservatism.

“His Grace” concludes a lengthy exercise in sycophancy with the words:

Perhaps no Prime Minister since Gladstone could have risked telling a journalist that she was ‘in politics because of the conflict between good and evil’, with the conviction ‘that in the end good will triumph’. But it is not her policies which ultimately saved her. It is not her programme of government, her political achievements or her world renown. Margaret Thatcher is saved because Jesus Christ was and is her Lord and Saviour: He paid the price: she is forgiven.

The angels are today rejoicing in Heaven at a pilgrim who has come home. But the name of Margaret Thatcher – The Great Lady – is sure to endure on earth and reverberate throughout human history.

It’s not only the angels who are rejoicing. Those in Britain’s gay community who remember the Thatcher years are most likely chanting “Ding-dong, the witch is dead!”

But not human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell. In a statement just issued, Tatchell said he was was an extraordinary woman.

But she was extraordinary for mostly the wrong reasons. So many of her policies were wrong and heartless. Nevertheless, I don’t rejoice in her death. I commiserate, as I do with the death of any person. In contrast, she showed no empathy for the victims of her harsh, ruthless policy decisions.

He pointed out:

In 1988, the Thatcher government legislated Britain’s first new anti-gay law in 100 years: Section 28. At the 1987 Conservative party conference she mocked people who defended the right to be gay, insinuating that there was no such right. During her rule, arrests and convictions for consenting same-sex behaviour rocketed, as did queer bashing violence and murder. Gay men were widely demonised and scapegoated for the AIDS pandemic and Thatcher did nothing to challenge this vilification.

He added:

To her credit, she shattered the sexist glass ceiling in politics and got to the top in a man’s world. However, on becoming Prime Minister she did little for the rights of women. She was a macho, testosterone-fuelled right-wing politician.

Her political agenda was almost entirely divisive and destructive, including mass unemployment and urban decay. She emasculated local government and boosted police powers to the detriment of civil liberties. The striking miners and their families were ruthlessly crushed on her orders. She oversaw the use of police state methods. Baton-wielding police struck down peaceful miners. People travelling to support the strikers were pre-emptively arrested. Protesting miners at Orgreave were framed on false police evidence.

Tatchell also pointed out:

Thatcher initiated policies that paved the way for the current economic crisis: the decimation of Britain’s manufacturing base, the get-rich-quick business mentality, the promotion of the free market and the poorly regulated banking sector. This led to imbalances in the economy. The financial sector gained undue influence, with few checks and balances. These distortions were exacerbated by Blair and Brown but Thatcher began the train of events that led to the present economic meltdown.

166 responses to “‘Heartless’ Christian Margaret Thatcher ‘passes into glory and the angels are rejoicing’”

  1. JohnMWhite says:

    Fuck the fucking police and their fucking power trip. They can go fuck themselves if they think we need their fucking permission to turn around and tell that witch to fuck off.

  2. Broga says:

    We must take our pleasures where we can. I see outrage has been caused to the Thatcher worshippers because Obama with much of the USA government are not trekking over to revere her. Instead they are sending a forgotten politician from Reagan’s time. Not good enough, Barak, even if you are busy “joining the American People in prayer” about the Boston killings. (Much good that will do.) You have got your priorities wrong. Thatcher comes first.

    I don’t suppose we might discover that Thatch was a secret Roman Catholic. Frankie could then fast track her to the beatific status with sainthood soon to follow. Shouldn’t be difficult to fix in view of the flaky honesty record of RC priests. One could appear saying Thatch had been “taking instruction” for years and been “received into the faith.” That would seriously discommode Brenda who is already incandescent at the royals being outspent, out bored and out manoevred by the Thatch lot.

    One little fly in the holy oil – an increasingly number of Tory MP royals (blimps, nostalgic imperialists and living in the 1860s) are voicing dismay at Thatch’s splendour and burnished reputation outshining Brenda and family. More choppy water ahead for Dave who thought he could use a Thatch retread to invigorate his feeble party.

  3. Matt Westwood says:

    The outpouring of sycophantic vomit continued this afternoon on R4 between 5:30 and 6:00 (my evening commute). Thatcher-worship has already reached the status of a religion.

  4. AgentCormac says:

    Can you believe that ITV’s News at Ten just offered up none other than FW De Clerk as a serious commentator on Thatcher? FFS, he was the last man to implement apartheid in South Africa and they ask him for his sycophantic admiration of the woman? Beggars belief while at the same time speaking volumes about what kind of politician Thatcher really was. The Torygraph also carries the interview.

  5. barriejohn says:

    BBC News has been given over to the funeral this morning, and BBC One has cleared all programmes from 9.15 to 12.15 to broadcast it in its entirety. Can you believe that? They didn’t make as much fuss when our former Queen died!

  6. chrsbol says:

    OK barriejohn, I’m lost.Who are you referring to? (former Queen)

  7. barriejohn says:

    Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother! I’m no royalist, but at least she and her husband helped to unite the country in the fight against fascism, rather than hob-nobbing with fascist dictators.

  8. barriejohn says:

    My mother watched the funeral, but is saying “Can’t they give it a rest now?”, as the BBC – epitomized by that creep, Robert Piggott – continues to gush over this wonderful “Christian woman”. For some reasons they didn’t sing “Hills of the North Rejoice”. I wonder why not?

  9. Broga says:

    I suppose they now think Thatcher is in heaven. By whatever means, and in whatever form and wherever that is located. Do people really believe this or do they accept it without thinking? I went to a Christian funeral a couple of years ago. Lovely day and afterwards I was walking round the cemetary looking at the inscriptions on the graves. I met a few others and they claimed to believe the recently buried was looking down at us.

    Weird. From where? How far could he see with his eyes? From outer space? He had been cremated so his eyes, and the rest of him, were presumably both an exact replica of his living body and fully functioning? But functioning at what age and in what state as he died an old man and very riddled with disease.

    What about Thatcher? Has she now been restored from senility to a fully functioning and bossy mind? Don’t any of them at the funeral think about these things? They are the great and the good, the top clergy and politicians who are running the country. I guess Brenda was doing a bit of teeth gnashing as she watched the way over the top and super expensive charade.

  10. Angela_K says:

    Have you seen the photograph in the Independent of George Osborne crying? Someone seems to have photo-shopped out the onion he was holding near to his face.

  11. barriejohn says:

    Angela: He’d just heard the latest unemployment figures!

  12. chrsbol says:

    Nicholas (spit) Witchell said she has gone to be judged by a higher something or other,Cameron reading from the bible,Sentamu and the rest of them striding in like they are somehow important. They all need their bloody heads banging together.

  13. barriejohn says:

    Chrsbol: Witchell makes me want to puke, with his obsequious air of deference and reverential tones whenever reporting on the Royal Family and their pointless activities. Whyever didn’t he resign when Charles was caught on camera telling the world and his wife that “I can’t bear that man”? I would have!

    BTW The media – Mail in particular – are going crazy over the Thatcher granddaughter’s Bible reading (“pitch perfect”, “grandmother would have been so proud of her”, etc, etc, etc, etc). It was awful. She had obviously learned it by heart, and delivered the words in a voice devoid of emotion, whilst gazing around the church with an icy stare, as much as to say: “Here are your instructions, and you’d jolly well better take note of what I say”. Put me in mind of someone, but I can’t for the life of me think who it is!

  14. Broga says:

    I kept clear. Is it nearly over? Will I be able to watch/listen to news tomorrow?

  15. Matt Westwood says:

    Can we name Wednesday 17th April 2013 as “Emetic Wednesday”? I was hoping we’d have an excuse to call it “Red Wednesday” but (from what I’ve gleaned from whatever “reporting” that’s gone on today) I understand that the day was disappointingly short on bloodshed.

  16. JohnMWhite says:

    Didn’t see any of the funeral, but I heard that as the procession moved along, it was accompanied on the BBC by a news crawl endlessly highlighting massive unemployment figures. I can’t think of a more appropriate image.