Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Margaret Thatcher dies - the world responds


Blogger Corrigan said...

There's something very English, and very Home Counties, south of England at that, about this veneration of Margaret Thatcher. I suppose it's the same inclination that caused all those Tory MPs over the generations to frequent "Miss Whiplash" style establishments and have their bottoms caned on a regular basis. On the best day of her life, Thatcher was a physically ugly crone, yet you get the impression that Englishmen in their thousands were jerking off in front of posters of her on their bedroom walls. English sensibilities in this regard are rather like English humour: it just doesn't travel. To my knowledge, I have never in my life laughed at a single joke ever told by Victoria Wood, for example, and I have absolutely no idea what the hell anybody sees in Matt Lucas or The League of Gentlemen, but the English all seem to adore these things as they do Margaret Thatcher. My wife, a guid Scots lass (also from Edinburgh, as it happens, Avi) entirely agrees with me. The English are a very peculiar people indeed, and she feels that if Alec Salmond wants to guarantee a "yes" vote in the referendum, he should send every Scot down to Kent for a month before the referendum; there won't be a Unionist left in Scotland.

9 April 2013 at 15:21  
Blogger Prodicus said...

Wait - you forgot the Socialist Worker.

9 April 2013 at 15:55  
Blogger Dudders said...

Corrigan your argument would hold good if all the front pages were printed in London. Given that they cover almost every corner of the globe then that alone suggests that her death has been seen as such a significant event that it merits front page treatment.

9 April 2013 at 16:02  
Blogger Corrigan said...

The point was not the world-wide coverage, but rather, Cranmer's reproduction of it here. It looks like a shrine. I find it just a little disturbing.

9 April 2013 at 16:09  
Blogger Avi Barzel said...

My salute to our long-suffering wives, Corrigan... it takes a Scots-woman with the blood of Norse warriors in her veins to manage the likes of you and I... but tell me, did this purgative stream of consciousness, scream therapy in html, make you feel better, or is there more to come?

9 April 2013 at 16:15  
Blogger Peter Damian said...

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9 April 2013 at 16:34  
Blogger William said...


"if Alec Salmond wants to guarantee a "yes" vote in the referendum, he should send every Scot down to Kent for a month before the referendum; there won't be a Unionist left in Scotland."

because they'll all settle in Kent? It's very handy for the City you know.

9 April 2013 at 16:43  
Blogger Tuechter said...

Corrigan give it up you are embarassing us!!

9 April 2013 at 16:54  
Blogger Avi Barzel said...

Feel at ease, Tuchter, Corrigan says he's Irish.

9 April 2013 at 16:59  
Blogger Corrigan said...

Trust me, Tuechter: if you really are a Highlander, you should spend that month in Kent. You won't believe the bloody English.

9 April 2013 at 17:02  
Blogger Peter Damian said...


With your leave, Margaret Thatcher was a rare, fine, brave woman, whatever her political legacy which we could debate forever.

She drank the cup placed before her with honesty, courage and conviction. This, I think, is what the world recognises - and so it should.

I pray her and her beloved Denis are now reunited in God's loving embrace.

(Reposted due to my incorrect spelling of Margaret's Christian name)

9 April 2013 at 17:05  
Blogger William said...


I think that Corrigan is just demonstrating how enriched he is feeling by Margaret Thatcher's death. He's like a new man.

9 April 2013 at 17:06  
Blogger Flossie said...

A pity not everybody shares the views articulated by these newspapers. How about the Indy's take:


9 April 2013 at 17:07  
Blogger Avi Barzel said...

It's his way of mourning and we should respect it... or clear our throats and look away.

9 April 2013 at 17:10  
Blogger Julia Gasper said...

I think Corrigan's remarks are tasteless, crude and uncalled-for. He reveals a lack of sensitivity and no wit at all.
I hope that HG deletes it as a piece of unnecessary sleaze.
Is Corrigan another name for Banjo?

9 April 2013 at 18:09  
Blogger Corrigan said...

Ha! Headline: "UKIP calls for censorship". If you think I'm insensitive, Julia, any comment on Steve Bell's cartoon in the Daily Pinko (or "The Guardian" as it is sometimes called)

9 April 2013 at 18:15  
Blogger steve said...

Corrigan's comment says more about him than Baroness Thatcher.

Thank the Lord Corrigan spared us details of his own sex life.

9 April 2013 at 18:16  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

The Daily Inspector

Woman who choked the life out of ‘one nation conservatism’ dies.

9 April 2013 at 18:20  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

Corrigan: "To my knowledge, I have never in my life laughed at a single joke ever told by Victoria Wood"


9 April 2013 at 18:30  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Last time this man sat through a Victoria Wood show was last century. The Inspector’s condolences to any man whose wife thinks she’s the greatest comedienne..

DanJ0, the bandits are claiming Maggie as a gay icon. What say you ?

9 April 2013 at 18:50  
Blogger Philip said...

These headlines must be evidence supporting the claim she put the "Great" back into Britain and restored our standing in the world.

I particularly like the South China Post one:


9 April 2013 at 21:41  
Blogger Philip said...

And HG's tweet must be right "But neither would she have wanted Parliament to impose women bishops, or demanded that the CofE 'get with the programme' "

9 April 2013 at 21:45  
Blogger Marie1797 said...

Mrs Thatcher was a truly great leader when all is said and done, she really did give hope by enabling people to unleash their aspirations. It was a really creative time during her governance.
For me “Only Fools and Horses” and in particular Del boy and Rodney's entrepreneurial spirit in the “Peckham Spring” episode epitomises that era.

In Wales there were many new businesses springing up all over the place but under Labour were slowly choked and closed down.

Victoria Wood's song “Let's do it” about a frisky wife and a tired,terrified husband is funny. She's not roaringly Ha ha funny but her observations are highly amusing.

It was a shame Mrs Thatcher had to resign, she needed another five or so years to finish what she wanted to do and consolidate. We need another Margaret Thatcher.

9 April 2013 at 23:13  
Blogger non mouse said...

One's glad YG upholds the tradition of Graciousness. I have no idea what many of these headlines say, but I am a little disgusted at the flame- and missile-throwers who leap to attack this dead warrior.


9 April 2013 at 23:14  
Blogger Peter Damian said...

What modern day politician would say the following - and mean it?

"Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction."

"My policies are based not on some economics theory, but on things I and millions like me were brought up with: an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay, live within your means, put by a nest egg for a rainy day, pay your bills on time, support the police."

"The younger generation doesn't want equality and regimentation, but opportunity to shape their world while showing compassion to those in real need."

"Economics are the method; the object is to change the soul."

"To me, consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies. So it is something in which no one believes and to which no one objects."

9 April 2013 at 23:58  
Blogger Julia Gasper said...

I am not "calling for censorship" because the blog is already (like any private blog) filtered and moderated. I am just pointing out Corrigan's disgusting bad taste. What he wrote was cheap and tawdry, inappropriate for this occasion.

10 April 2013 at 01:43  
Blogger Marie1797 said...

That might be so Julia but he has the freedom to say it, and it does give us all an insight into his character don't you think? You can then choose to communicate and challenge him on his disgustingly bad taste or not.

10 April 2013 at 02:01  
Blogger Corrigan said...


This was a boorish, ignorant and truly vicious woman who reaped what she sowed. While she lived, she revelled in the hatred she engendered; is the fact of her death, and grounds of supposed "taste", enough to cleanse her of her malice?

10 April 2013 at 07:43  
Blogger William said...


"it does give us all an insight into his character don't you think?"

Quite. I think we should leave the comment there as a testimony to the man. He's clearly still proud of it.

10 April 2013 at 08:11  
Blogger Corrigan said...

Any of you fine, upstanding, "have respect for the dead" Thatcher-worshippers take an appropriately mournful attitude a few weeks back when Hugo Chavez died?

10 April 2013 at 11:22  
Blogger Corrigan said...

No? Well, perhaps that should stand as a testimony to you, eh, William?

10 April 2013 at 11:23  
Blogger William said...


"Well, perhaps that should stand as a testimony to you, eh, William?"

Eh? I have not spoken of Hugo Chavez's death, verbally or electronically, to man or mouse.

However, your comment would be just as tasteless, and frankly bizarre, were it made half-way through Maggie's first term of office.

Still proud of it?

10 April 2013 at 12:29  
Blogger Hannah Kavanagh said...

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10 April 2013 at 14:02  
Blogger Hannah Kavanagh said...

Hi Corrigan,

Just to point out Scots don't need to go as far as Kent. I think they can go as far as Northamptonshire and confirm how 'bad' England is. Perhaps visit Corby. Or "little Scotland" as it is known....

10 April 2013 at 14:02  
Blogger Corrigan said...

Which comment are you referring to, William? Oh, never mind, whichever it was, as far as Thatcher is concerned, I didn't go far enough.

10 April 2013 at 19:32  
Blogger bluedog said...

Corrigan @ 11.22 in pale imitation of Tingey declares,'Any of you fine, upstanding, "have respect for the dead" Thatcher-worshippers take an appropriately mournful attitude a few weeks back when Hugo Chavez died?'

Errm, Chavez was Venezuelan, not British.

10 April 2013 at 21:27  
Blogger William said...


Which comment are you referring to, William?

The first one of course. A rather poisonous outburst wouldn't you say? Still proud? I think we can take it that you aren't an Anglophile, or a conservative for that matter. You must really hate this blog. Still, makes a change from the anti-semitic rants. One really begins to understand what Thatcher was up against with every comment you make! It must have taken a lot of courage to deal with such bile day in and day out. Fortunately, she had it in spades.

10 April 2013 at 23:46  
Blogger Manfarang said...

Non mouse
The front page Thai Rath April 9.

สิ้นหญิงเหล็ก นายกแธตเชอร์

11 April 2013 at 03:17  
Blogger Julia Gasper said...

The abusive rant now added by Corrigan only confirms my impression that he is a form of low-life.
I agree with William who calls it a "poisonous outburst" and "bile".
Well said, William.
Trying to justify it by accusing me or others of having said anything hostile or inappropriate when Hugo Chavez died is an outright lie.

11 April 2013 at 09:02  

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