Friday, April 12, 2013

'I'm in Love with Margaret Thatcher' for No1

Charles Moore pointed out on Question Time last night that it is the BBC which is 'bigging up' the campaign to make 'Ding Dong the Witch is Dead' this week's Chart No1. His Grace understands that the song is currently topping the iTunes download chart, and that many wish to censor this because it is offensive or insensitive. That is the last thing Lady Thatcher would have wanted. She fought all her life against the meddling elites and aloof institutions which presumed to know what is best: she had no truck with political correctness, and was certainly not in favour of banning freedom of speech or freedom of expression.

That 'Ding Dong the Witch is Dead' is currently at No1 is unsurprising (though His Grace is unsure, at 51 seconds, that it actually qualifies as a 'single' in BBC Chart terms). But Lady Thatcher would not have wanted this suppressed: she didn't devote a decade of her life to defeating Soviet propaganda and Eastern European oppression only to see Conservatives - Conservatives - demanding that the British state broadcaster censor 'Top of the Pops'. She would have confronted the competition head-on, believing that the victor should be freely determined through market forces.

His Grace isn't a particular fan of the song 'I'm in Love with Margaret Thatcher' (he would have chosen Rolf Harris's 'Two Little Boys' - it being one of her favourites and embodying, as it does, the core of her political philosophy). But the song has been chosen, and it is now down to the bloggers and tweeters and her millions of supporters to do their stuff, just as Jon and Tracy Morter did for Rage Against The Machine against the X-Factor in 2009. If the din of the rap metal 'Killing in the Name' can come out of nowhere to beat sugary Joe McElderry's 'The Climb' to top the Christmas Chart, there's no reason at all why the indie Notsensibles can't trounce Judy Garland and a bunch of Munchkins.

So, grasp the Thatcher essence: it's the market, not censorship; it's freedom, not suppression. If YOU find 'Ding Dong the Witch is Dead' offensive, DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

iTunes Download HERE.

Facebook Page HERE.


It's what she would have wanted (though probably preferring Rolf Harris's 'Two Little Boys'..)


Blogger ChrisM said...

I think Margret Thatcher would have loved the idea that the left were having to use the free market to celebrate her death, they don't do irony do they!

12 April 2013 at 10:27  
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12 April 2013 at 10:29  
Blogger William Potter said...

I think the lyrics of the notsensibles' song may be in jest.
Just a guess..

12 April 2013 at 12:01  
Blogger AncientBriton said...

The acid test would be, is it value for money?
Question Time last night certainly was; the best in ages.

12 April 2013 at 12:55  
Blogger Ian G said...

I checked out the lyrics and I agree with William Potter. Not so much anti-Thatcher though, as just tongue-in-cheek silliness. There could be better choices.

12 April 2013 at 14:12  
Blogger Darter Noster said...

As my father said in the 80s, you only have to look at the people doing the protesting to realise that Maggie did well.

Anyone who can simultaneously earn the undying hatred of the likes of Galloway, Toynbee, Burchill, Livingstone, Gerry Adams, and their assorted underlings down to these ridiculous leftie teachers, MUST have done something absolutely spot-on right.

12 April 2013 at 16:25  
Blogger Macheath said...

Well said!

Leave offence-seeking to the humourless grievance-mongers of the Left; the woman who laughingly quoted "The Mummy Returns" would probably have enjoyed more than a little wry amusement at the lack of originality and the fact it will generate vast royalties for Time Warner.

And if it's a question of good taste, give me 'Ding Dong, the Witch is dead' over 'Candle in the Wind' any day!

12 April 2013 at 16:32  
Blogger William said...

Darter Noster @16:25

So true.

12 April 2013 at 16:40  
Blogger Darter Noster said...

Absoluely - the fact that such people are prepared to engage in these vehement and distasteful protests 23 years after she left office is the greatest tribute anyone can pay her.

12 April 2013 at 16:41  
Blogger non mouse said...

Well said, Your Grace. Just by being --- She had the knack of letting these creatures show themselves for what they are! So now let's give 'em enough rope....

And: RIP Mrs. T.

12 April 2013 at 17:03  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

The Inspector rather appreciates a ballard. Perhaps somebody could knock together some stirring stuff about her love of freedom of speech, and her abhorrence of censorship. We could even get that fellow who dubbed Gerry Adams’ voice to sing it…

12 April 2013 at 17:17  
Blogger Darter Noster said...


Adams wasn't censored - one could barely get through an evening news broadcast in the 80s without his sillhouetted and dubbed form appearing on it.

He was denied publicity, but he was allowed to make his statements, which considering he was waging a terrorist war against the British government is a damned sight more than he'd have been allowed to do in an even vaguely oppressive country.

12 April 2013 at 17:26  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Darter Noster, that episode remains one the most bizarre happenings ever to have occurred – no doubt she’s have ripped all the man’s suits if she had the chance. Such spite was unbecoming of her. We must take Adams at his word, and that in the 1980s, he was the leader of a political party and not a terrorist.
Interestingly, the BBC never dubbed Nelson Mandela’s voice, and yet we have another terrorist turned politician there. Granted Mandela was a good terrorist, bless him, not like those nasty spud eaters in the North of Ireland.

12 April 2013 at 17:39  
Blogger Darter Noster said...


After the murder of Airey Neave, and the Brighton bombing, who can blame her for being determined to stand up to terrorists?

My former boss, who I won't name as he is still a serving MP, had to miss the Brighton conference at the last minute, and was thus himself narrowly missed. Years later, his name was discovered on an IRA death list. Granted, reconciliation is extremely important, but at the time it was essential to make a stand against those using terrorist tactics.

12 April 2013 at 17:50  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Darter Noster. Look old chap. When it comes to great statesmanship, you are above the personal. If you can’t achieve that, what else will be unachievable...

12 April 2013 at 18:00  
Blogger Darter Noster said...


Whatever the reasons, standing up to the IRA (and the Loyalists, for that matter, who were covered by the same ban as applied to Adams) was the right thing to do at the time.

The hallmark of Margaret Thatcher's premiership was doing what was essential for the long term, rather than putting off anything necessary but potentially unpopular until after the next General Election, which is more or less all you'll get from the current lot.

Taking the bull by the horns for the good of the country will inevitably make a politician divisive, and unpopular in certain quarters, but is one hell of a lot better and braver than pandering to the focus groups.

12 April 2013 at 18:14  
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12 April 2013 at 19:49  
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12 April 2013 at 20:09  
Blogger peggy38 said...

I'm an American so I may not have as much invested in Dame Thatcher as I would if I were English. But even so, if I had no other reason to participate in this, I would happily support it just to defeat the disrespectful ghouls who are celebrating the death of a frail old woman who was once a true lioness. Lover her or hate her, she was the first woman to lead a major world power and she was a smashing success at it on her own terms. She was not some figurehead, largely powerless and ruling in her dead husband's name as so many other woman leaders have been. She wielded real power and fairly won the consent of the electorate over and over again. She was and is a heroine for all of the above and as such she deserves better than for the dancing leering ghouls to go unanswered.

13 April 2013 at 03:53  
Blogger Manfarang said...

I agree with you that these death parties are very direspectful and many of those attending weren't even born during the years when Margaret Thatcher was PM.
Margaret Thatcher was elected leader under a very cockeyed system the Conservative Party used.
If they had used a proper system then Willie Whitelaw would have become the Conservative leader.
The general election voting system in the UK is one that allows a party with about 40% or less of the vote to win so it may come to you as a surprise that Margaret Thacther enjoyed the support of only a minority of people in Britain.
In fact under Thatcher in Scotland the Conservatives ceased to be a major force and to an extent in Wales and northern England. Much of her support was in the SE of England.
In Northern Ireland the Conservatives are only a small group ( you may remember that place where all the Noraid dollars went to from America)

13 April 2013 at 06:08  
Blogger Johnnyrvf said...

I seem to remember there was a single by The Smiths back in the eighties called Margaret to the Guillotine, it was decried by many Tory M.P.'s, who wanted it censored, especially by the BBC, funny how things don't seem to change........

13 April 2013 at 09:45  
Blogger Nick said...

I don't think I really want to get involved in this or take it too seriously. The whole farce says more about the left and its vindictiveness than it does about Mrs T, of whom I was never a fan, but who still stands head and shoulders above the current incumbent of No. 10 in terms of integrity.

Celebrating someone's death is more than offensive; it shows the rot that is prevalent in UK society. The BBC, and Channel 4, has done plenty to encourage the left to support the campaign. Of course, if it had been Peter Tatchell whose death was being rejoiced in, then the media and the protesters would be in the dock at the ECHR for hate crime.

13 April 2013 at 10:22  
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13 April 2013 at 11:44  
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13 April 2013 at 13:24  
Blogger William said...

Purchased through Amazon. How appropriate!

13 April 2013 at 17:51  
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14 April 2013 at 07:05  
Blogger Harry-ca-Nab said...

I agree, Margaret Thatcher would have agreed with playing the track.

She would further approve of giving airtime to the assorted riff-raff of the left, their sociopaths, soap dodgers and plain crazy people, by the BBC in particular, so that their politics, personalities, morality and world view gets a damn good airing.

Sunlight and fresh air is a damn good antiseptic...

We need to appreciate the kind of world they would give us were they allowed more power.

The British people need to know who their enemy is. They certainly knew in the late 70's and 80's and need reminding now.

So, yes, let the music play, lets hear what they have to say, lets see them in the flesh, see their spittle as they rant and riot, their wild eyes and contorted faces.

Margaret - this is your final bequest, your reminder of what you saved us from.

14 April 2013 at 07:42  
Blogger Manfarang said...

I ain’t gonna work on Maggie’s farm no more
No, I ain’t gonna work on Maggie’s farm no more
Well, I wake in the morning
Fold my hands and pray for rain
I got a head full of ideas
That are drivin’ me insane
It’s a shame the way she makes me scrub the floor
I ain’t gonna work on Maggie’s farm no more

I ain’t gonna work for Maggie’s brother no more
No, I ain’t gonna work for Maggie’s brother no more
Well, he hands you a nickel
He hands you a dime
He asks you with a grin
If you’re havin’ a good time
Then he fines you every time you slam the door
I ain’t gonna work for Maggie’s brother no more

I ain’t gonna work for Maggie’s pa no more
No, I ain’t gonna work for Maggie’s pa no more
Well, he puts his cigar
Out in your face just for kicks
His bedroom window
It is made out of bricks
The National Guard stands around his door
Ah, I ain’t gonna work for Maggie’s pa no more

I ain’t gonna work for Maggie’s ma no more
No, I ain’t gonna work for Maggie’s ma no more
Well, she talks to all the servants
About man and God and law
Everybody says
She’s the brains behind pa
She’s sixty-eight, but she says she’s twenty-four
I ain’t gonna work for Maggie’s ma no more

I ain’t gonna work on Maggie’s farm no more
No, I ain’t gonna work on Maggie’s farm no more
Well, I try my best
To be just like I am
But everybody wants you
To be just like them
They say sing while you slave and I just get bored
I ain’t gonna work on Maggie’s farm no more

Bob Dylan

14 April 2013 at 08:53  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

There's always this one:

14 April 2013 at 09:18  
Blogger William said...

Very good Harry-ca-nab. The great thing about Thatcher, as you say, was her exposure of the bankrupsy of the left. The polarisation that she engendered and still engenders now was a direct result of this exposure.

14 April 2013 at 13:09  
Blogger John Magee said...

Wasn't Britain a catastrophe when Lady Thatcher took over as PM in 1979? The 70's were, as a recall reading in the newspapers or watching on the news here, nothing but endless strikes, blackouts, riots with an unemployment rate in 1979 of 13%. When Lady Thatcher left office in 1990 didn't Britain have 5% unemployment(full employment) and Britain back on track as a vibrant economy? And fools are holding "Death Parties" to "celebrate" her death? I guess welfare brats hate the idea of having to go back to work which is the legacy she left them. President Reagan was hated in the USA by the left for the exact same reasons because he shared Lady Thatcher's concept of a work ethic,the rights of the individual, and freedom.

14 April 2013 at 20:57  
Blogger Manfarang said...

John Magee
The 1970s was a decade of stagflation.The UK government unemployment rate which reflects the number of people claiming unemployment benefit is as follows:
1979 5.4% April 1984 11.9% 1990 7.1% 1993 10.4%
The criteria by which people are eligible for unemployment benefit has changed during the last forty years(has changed 33 times I believe). The ILO measure may give a more accurate higher figure.
However a picture emerges that Britain was not a place of full employment(2%) under Thatcher or Major who followed her.
Britain lost much of its industrial strengh during the Thatcher years.
That being said I would certainly agree with you that the so called death parties are disgraceful.

15 April 2013 at 04:10  
Blogger William said...


"Britain lost much of its industrial strengh during the Thatcher years."

Twaddle. Maggie's policies did more to preserve manufacturing than either Heath of Blair!

See here and here.

"In fact, manufacturing rose in real terms during both previous Conservative stretches in office [Heath/Thatcher], and fell during Labour's spells.[Callaghan/Blair]"

"Under the total time Labour was in office, manufacturing fell from a share of 18% of the economy in 1997 to 10% by 2010 (the closest available approximations). Up to the end of Tony Blair's premiership it fell to 11% by 2007. No previous stint of government for any party since 1970 saw this level of decline from start to finish."

"the 1970-74 government of Edward Heath presided over a steeper slide [than Thatcher's] in manufacturing's share per year, falling by almost 1% point per year."

15 April 2013 at 08:58  
Blogger Manfarang said...


"In the early 1950s, Britain was an industrial giant. Today, it is an industrial pygmy. Manufacturing was industry’s bedrock. In 1952, it produced a third of the national output, employed 40 per cent of the workforce and made up a quarter of world manufacturing exports. Today, manufacturing in this country accounts for just 11 per cent of GDP, employs only 8 per cent of the workforce and sells 2 per cent of the world’s manufacturing exports."
In the early years of Margaret Thatcher's government manufacturing companies went bankrupt at a rate of knots.
A lot of heavy industry disappeared.
I remember seeing foreigners buying factory machinery to ship it overseas.
Of course manufacturing includes food and drink. In those years I was invovled in the production of mince pies by the ton. They don't call me Santa for nothing.

15 April 2013 at 11:33  
Blogger Manfarang said...

"Maggie's policies did more to preserve manufacturing than either Heath of Blair!"
Another important sector of the manufacturing industry was and is armaments. British companies were at the Bagdad Arms Fair in 1989 and of course there was plenty of arms trade with the Gulf States in those yesrs.
I thnk that would explain any increase of manufacturing under Mrs Thatcher.
( By the end of the 1980s I had moved to the middle east to become involved in military matters more in line with my talents. The mince pie facility in fact closed in 1986).

16 April 2013 at 04:33  

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