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  • Why you should, if you can, come to London for Margaret Thatcher's funeral

    04/14/2013 2:20:49 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 14 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 13 April 2013 | Daniel Hannan
    When the Duke of Wellington was buried in 1852, a million people – out of a total population of 27.5 million – turned out to pay their respects. Among the reverential crowds lining the streets from Constitution Hill to St Paul's as the twelve-ton carriage passed were many who had disliked his politics. The hero of Waterloo had gone on to become arguably the most reactionary Tory leader of all time. He had resisted the 1832 extension of the franchise, opposed the granting of equal rights to Catholics and Jews and even voted against the abolition of slavery in India....
  • Thatchers Last Wish - Another Clunker from the Iron Lady

    04/14/2013 10:07:25 AM PDT · by goodnesswins · 37 replies
    Forbes ^ | 4/14/13 | Eamonn Fingleton
    The news today is that a group of supporters of Margaret Thatcher are pushing a plan to establish a museum and library as a permanent memorial to her. It is clear that the plan, which would establish a first in British politics, has been long in the making and that it not only had Thatcher’s approval but she herself largely instigated the idea. This is another clunker from the Iron Lady – a final terrible idea from a woman who, pace all current hagiography, will be remembered as one of the worst British political leaders of modern times.
  • Which of these PMs sacked the most miners? (Clue: It wasn’t Lady Thatcher)…

    04/14/2013 8:36:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 18:51 EST, 13 April 2013 | Allister Heath
    Judging by some of the recent coverage, Thatcher’s enemies have successfully spread a series of damaging myths about her. Many of these sound plausible, and are even accepted by some of her supporters, but few stand up to proper scrutiny. Take the myth that Thatcher was deeply unpopular. The truth is that she won 43.9 percent of the vote in 1979, 42.4 percent in 1983 and 42.2 percent in 1987—landslide results of which contemporary politicians can only dream. … It has also become fashionable to blame one of her greatest triumphs—the sale of council homes to tenants—for today’s horrendous housing...
  • Ceremonial funeral for Margaret Thatcher is a 'mistake', says Bishop of Grantham

    04/14/2013 5:46:28 AM PDT · by markomalley · 26 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/14/13 | Alice Philipson
    The Bishop of Grantham has branded the decision to give Baroness Thatcher a ceremonial funeral with full military honours a "mistake". The Rt Rev Tim Ellis, speaking from Lady Thatcher's birthplace in Lincolnshire on Sunday, said the funeral was "asking for trouble" and should be "more low-key and personal". More than 800 personnel from the Armed Forces units that played a key part in the Falklands conflict will line the route of the funeral procession from the Palace of Westminster to St Paul's Cathedral in London on Wednesday. It is thought the funeral will cost in the region of £8...
  • Ireland and Portugal given extra time to pay back bailout loans

    04/13/2013 10:34:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    European Voice ^ | 12.04.2013 / 23:03 CET (April 12) | Ian Wishart
    The European Union’s finance ministers today decided to give Ireland and Portugal an extra seven years to pay back loans granted to them as part of their bailouts. The decision, taken by ministers at their meeting in Dublin, should make it easier for those countries to leave their bailout programs and return to normal bond financing markets in the coming months. … Ireland was forced into a €67.5 billion ($88.3 billion) rescue in November 2010 and will receive its last installment in November this year. Portugal obtained a deal worth €78 billion ($102 billion) in May 2011 and will receive...
  • Sued over cuts and grazes: Schools rip out playgrounds as compensation claims soar

    04/14/2013 1:49:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Sunday Express (UK) ^ | Sun., April 14, 2013 | David Paul
    Schools have begun ripping out swings and slides from playgrounds because they can no longer afford huge compensation payouts when children suffer minor cuts and grazes. The claims have become so common that even school trips to the seaside are being canceled in case pupils injure themselves while paddling in the sea and their parents then sue. Education authorities face big bills even if a child is hurt while defying school rules by climbing walls or trees. Lawyers all over the country are fueling the problem by offering parents no-win no-fee deals. Some firms have even set up telephone hotlines...
  • Hundreds in Thatcher Facebook 'party' protests

    04/13/2013 9:18:28 PM PDT · by tflabo · 23 replies
    iTV ^ | April 14, 2013 | politics
    Hundreds of people gathered in the rain at London's Trafalgar Square to mark the death of Baroness Thatcher. Protesters against the former prime minister's legacy brought sparklers, party poppers and balloons. Some drank cider and Champagne while others wore party hats as they chanted slogans about Lady Thatcher, who died at The Ritz on Monday.
  • Margaret Thatcher: I Vow to Thee, My Country

    04/13/2013 1:42:18 PM PDT · by UKrepublican · 2 replies
    In death as in life, Margaret Thatcher remains firmly in charge. The woman whose premiership was marked by ramrod certainty and whipcrack decision-making had, it turns out, a characteristically needle-sharp idea about how her funeral must proceed. Today, the details of that idea emerge. From the singing of I Vow to Thee, My Country to the choice of readings, every aspect of the occasion will reflect some part of Baroness Thatcher’s character: her love of Britain, her Christian faith, her belief in tradition. One of her chief orders was that David Cameron give a reading. This is not, it seems,...
  • Margaret Thatcher And Benefit Cuts Protests [Shameless Protesters!]

    04/13/2013 1:22:13 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 5 replies
    Guardian (U.K.) ^ | April 13, 2013 | David Batty, Conal Urquhart and Cass Jones
    Margaret Thatcher And Benefit Cuts Protests Miners, socialists, Travellers, students and anti-capitalist protesters converge on London to demonstrate against Margaret Thatcher's legacy and the coalition government's benefits cuts. Follow for live updates David Batty, Conal Urquhart and Cass Jones 13 April 2013 Revellers at the outdoor party marking the death of Margaret Thatcher, at Trafalgar Square. Photograph: Chris Helgren/Reuters [Pics in URL] LIVE So far, the police have made five arrests on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly or for inflicting grievous bodily harm. Meanwhile, results from an opinion poll released tonight suggest that more than half of voters believe...
  • Thatcher-haters propel "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead" to #1 in Great Britain

    04/13/2013 10:14:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/13/2013 | Rick Moran
    An amazing example of the power and possibilities of social media. Thatcher haters in England have made the "Wizard of Oz" classic song "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead" the number one selling single in the country. And the "munchikins" who appeared in the film are none too pleased: Ruth Duccini, 94, and Jerry Maren, 91 -- who sang the ditty -- said: "It's terrible." Saddened Munchkins said it was monstrous to hijack the song -- as the BBC fudged a decision whether to play it. Ruth, among those who sang the song in 1939's Wizard Of Oz, believes the...
  • Conservative donors defecting to UKIP after becoming fed-up with Cameron's X-Factor obsession

    04/13/2013 7:05:23 AM PDT · by UKrepublican · 17 replies
    Wealthy Conservative donors are defecting to the UK Independence Party to pledge financial backing ahead of next month’s local elections, it emerged today. UKIP leader Nigel Farage suggested five or six former members of the Tory Leader’s Group who paid £50,000-a-year to dine with David Cameron and other frontbenchers had switched to support his anti-EU party. One ex-donor said he decided to switch after a dinner with Mr Cameron where he just wanted to talk about contestants on X-Factor. UKIP hopes to secure several donations of more than £1million to bankroll the party’s campaigning in next year’s elections to the...
  • Ding dong, the … BBC to cut Thatcher protest song short

    04/13/2013 3:47:40 AM PDT · by Winniesboy · 11 replies
    Corporation will not play the song Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead in full on Radio 1... In a fudge likely to satisfy Lady Thatcher's supporters but criticised by anti-censorship campaigners, the BBC will play a five-second clip of the track – which is being pushed up the charts by anti-Thatcher protesters – in a news item during the Radio 1 Chart Show on Sunday. The BBC has taken the unprecedented step of deciding to insert a news story into the show to explain to younger viewers [sic!]why a track from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz has suddenly...
  • Princess Diana fund hijacked by the Left: How money is diverted to pro-immigration campaign fund

    04/13/2013 1:03:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 17:40 EST, 12 April 2013 | James Slack, Michael Seamark and Rebecca English
    The Princess Diana Memorial Fund, to which millions of her admirers donated money, has been hijacked by Left-wingers to fund a pro-immigration propaganda campaign. Directors of the charity set up a secretive project called Changing Minds and then channeled hundreds of thousands of pounds into a string of associated organizations. The aim of the scheme is to alter British attitudes to immigration—which are currently in favor of far stricter border controls. Among some of its most successful achievements, it lists the establishment of a new “independent” think-tank—criticized by a Labour MP as a front for Left-wing views on immigration. …
  • Spice Girl all too ready for turning over Thatcher

    04/12/2013 9:29:00 PM PDT · by mykroar · 8 replies ^ | 5/12/2013 | Sam Jones
    Much, presumably, to the posthumous chagrin of her hero, Geri Halliwell has revealed herself as a lady all too ready for turning. On Thursday the Spice Girl explained why she had deleted a tweet mourning the death of Margaret Thatcher – and indulged in some self-flagellation. When news of Thatcher's death broke on Monday, Halliwell tweeted: "Thinking of our 1st Lady of girl power, Margaret Thatcher, a greengrocer's daughter who taught me any thing is possible…x." However, when her tribute met with a hostile response online, the singer removed it and apologised for any offence it had caused. Three days...
  • Austria attacks UK as EU finance talks get ugly

    04/12/2013 6:25:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 12.04.13 @ 09:28 (April 12) | Andrew Rettman
    Austria has accused the UK of being a haven for money launderers ahead of an EU meeting in Dublin, with Cyprus, Ireland, Portugal and Slovenia’s (potential) bailout needs also on the agenda. The Austrian finance minister, Maria Fekter, described Britain as “the island of the blessed for tax evasion and money laundering” in an interview with her country’s Kurier newspaper on Thursday (11 April). Comparing the UK and its “protectorates”—micro-states subject to British law—to Cyprus in terms of hosting secretive foundations and trusts, she noted: “Just as we urged the abolition of sealed foundations in the Cyprus rescue to drain...
  • Margaret Thatcher: I Vow to Thee, My Country ["Love of Britain..Christian Faith, ...Tradition"]

    04/12/2013 5:05:52 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 9 replies
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | April 12, 2013
    Margaret Thatcher: I Vow to Thee, My Country Lady Thatcher planned her own funeral, right down to the hymns, writes Michael Deacon . By Michael Deacon 12 Apr 2013 In death as in life, Margaret Thatcher remains firmly in charge. The woman whose premiership was marked by ramrod certainty and whipcrack decision-making had, it turns out, a characteristically needle-sharp idea about how her funeral must proceed. Today, the details of that idea emerge. From the singing of I Vow to Thee, My Country to the choice of readings, every aspect of the occasion will reflect some part of Baroness Thatcher’s...
  • Margaret Thatcher actually stood for something

    04/12/2013 11:23:01 AM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 4 replies ^ | April 12, 2013 | John J. Metzler
    Margaret Thatcher, the British Conservative Prime Minister, between 1979-1990, was a Revolutionary. As the first female Prime Minister she emerged as a truly transformational figure both on the domestic and foreign front and soon challenged the entrenched interests with a stance that promoted freedom and economic liberty. She stood on principle and thus became a lighting rod for the continuing scorn of the collectivist left and the former Soviet Union who dubbed her “The Iron Lady.” She died at 87 in London. In 1979 when her Conservative Party was voted into office in an electoral landslide, Britain was the “Sick...
  • Police officer gets £10,000 payout for falling off a chair

    04/12/2013 11:23:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    London Evening Standard ^ | 12 April 2013 | Dick Murray, Transport Correspondent
    A British Transport Police officer has been paid an estimated £10,000 ($15,371) compensation after falling off a chair while on London Underground premises. The award was part of nearly £5 million paid out by Transport for London over the past three years in compensation to people injured on the Tube, buses, railways, roads and pavements. The payouts were condemned as a “result of living in a compensation culture gone mad”. …
  • Mother, 67, dies after hijab catches fire on a gas hob: Injured 3 times before in similar accidents

    04/12/2013 10:57:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 03:36 EST, 12 April 2013 | Hugo Gye
    A woman died after her hijab caught fire on a gas cooker—and she had accidentally set her clothes alight in similar situations three times before, an inquest heard yesterday. Surayya Khan’s family has helped to launch a safety campaign urging the importance of being aware of fire risk in the kitchen. The mother of three fought for life for nearly two weeks before dying of multiple organ failure at a Manchester hospital in October last year. Mrs. Khan, 67, was cooking at her home in Burton, Staffordshire on September 23 when the headscarf she wore as a Muslim woman came...
  • Ban On Homophobic Teacher Upheld [You Can Teach Pro-Gay but Not Anti-Gay!]

    04/12/2013 9:50:52 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 25 replies
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | April 12, 2013 | NEVILE AYLING
    Ban On Homophobic Teacher Upheld The High Court has upheld a classroom ban on a Christian school teacher who condemned the "homosexual lifestyle" in front of pupils. NEVILE AYLING 12 Apr 2013 In what is believed to be the first case of its kind, a judge rejected an appeal by science teacher Robert Haye against the decision to ban him indefinitely - a decision he says is likely to end his teaching career. Mr Haye told a Year 11 class of students aged 15-16 that the way homosexual people lived was "disgusting" and a sin, according to the Bible. He...