Socialist Worker


Issue No. 2349

Margaret Thatcher: We’re right to celebrate the demise of a Tory tyrant

Yes, Margaret Thatcher has finally left this world. Let us be clear what she represented.

Although merely a figurehead for the neoliberal ruling class assault in 1979, she was and remained an enemy of the working class throughout.

But her legacy lives on.

No doubt we shall see much sycophancy from commentators and former adversaries extolling how she changed Britain. She did—but for the worse!

They’ll be toasting their glasses and partying across working class and especially in the former mining areas—finally.

Where and when is the party? Where’s that pub?

Spencer LewisSwansea

You should print up your Rejoice! front page (Socialist Worker, 13 April) as a poster and T-shirt. You’ll sell thousands.

Roy DickinsonFlorida, USA


There is talk of raising a statue to this woman in Trafalgar Square (or somewhere else outside of the Houses of Parliament).

This would represent an affront to all who suffered during her tenure and are still suffering from her legacy.

This government does not represent a popular majority.

I am sure that there are many like me who would gladly give a donation towards a legal challenge to the erection of a statue.

My initial thoughts were to set up a trust fund which would provide free pigeon food in the square.

The poor and unemployed people who wished to feed the birds at such a statue could do so, thereby covering it with an appropriate “blessing”.

However it appears that feeding birds in Trafalgar Square is illegal. If you can help please let me know.

Dave BurnsWorcestershire


By a strange coincidence the day Thatcher died was also the birthday of songwriter Yip Harburg who was born on 8 April 1896.

A life-long socialist, Harburg wrote the lyrics for the Depression anthem “Brother, can you spare a dime?” He also wrote the ditty “Ding, Dong, the Witch is dead” for the Wizard of Oz.

Sasha SimicEast London

Here are some jokes which you may wish to share with your readers.

“Seen the site for Maggie’s grave? It’s OK, but I reckon the dance floor is a bit small.”

“Maggie’s funeral is the first time the 21 gun salute is fired into the grave.”

“Breaking news—the devil has been made redundant”.

John TupmanDarwen, Lancashire


In choosing an appropriate epitaph for the late Baroness Thatcher, perhaps a minor adaptation of Byron’s poem on Lord Castlereagh would be suitable.

Posterity will ne’er survey
A nobler grave than this
Here lie the bones of Thatcher.
Stop, traveller, and piss.

Adrian MarloweThe Hague, Netherlands

IDS death dilemma

Tory welfare minister Iain Duncan Smith must be in turmoil.

The petition calling for him to live up to his broadcasted boast that he could live on £53 a week was ironically buried by the news of a long term ill woman passing away.

He surely must have been frustrated. His entire project was geared to hide Thatcher’s massive mistake.

The Disability Living Allowance along with a host of other benefits were created under Margaret Thatcher for one purpose.

That was to remove the masses away from Unemployment Benefit figures, which were read out every evening on the Six O’clock News like the world’s worst cricket score.

You had one job Iain Duncan Smith.

Roy IsserlisEast Lothian

Learning lessons

If there is anything positive to say about the Thatcher years it is that her period in Downing Street lifted the veil on the reality behind class politics.

Thatcher bore all the hallmarks of that detestable petit bourgeois character.

She was terrified of organised workers to the point of utter subservience to their opposite—organised capital.

The one quality the bosses admired in her was that she understood the limitations of the Labour Party.

When asked what the achievements of the Tories were in the Thatcher years, Tory defence secretary Michael Heseltine’s answer was an emphatic “New Labour”. 

She showed that in class struggle there is no place for neutrality—exemplified by Labour leader Neil Kinnock’s condemnation of both police and miners in 1984.

It’s right to rejoice at Thatcher’s physical demise. But it’s more important to learn the lessons of the time.

Reformist parties and the politics they espoused utterly failed to defend those they routinely call upon for support.

Barry Conwayby email

Some good news for once

We are all entitled to our opinion. I for one am very glad she’s gone.

I wouldn’t usually celebrate anyone’s death but this is an exception.

For me, my family and a lot of people from Yorkshire it’s the only good news we have heard during these terrible times.

Zoe Wise McCarthyon Facebook

Just bought my copy of @socialistworker just need a frame for it now #REJOICE

@vegyballson Twitter

Her snatching days are over

I had a pint to celebrate... of milk

Rory Kerron Facebook

She hated us. I’m glad she’s dead. Can’t hurt us anymore.

@diggerjimmyon Twitter

Thatcher hated anything working class. Hope she rots in hell.

@Thedyer1971on Twitter

The media loved Maggie

Anything other than sycophantic praise of their idol St. Maggie and they’re peeling each other off the ceiling in a frenzy of whinging and phony outrage.

Diana Melissa Herreraon Facebook

She (and her politics) will not be missed by me. Her supporters baffle me.

Tracey Hearnon Facebook

This lady also supported apartheid in South Africa and said Nelson Mandela should “rot in jail”.

Rita Gilberton Facebook

A good sense of timing

Almost poetic: Socialist Worker launches new website on the day Thatcher dies

@SWassafon Twitter

She finally does something decent... only 87 years too late!

John Murphyby email

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Tue 16 Apr 2013, 19:00 BST
Issue No. 2349
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