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