From the NY Times, on UK press reaction to Thatcher's death;
"The liberal-leaning Guardian said: “There should be no dancing on her
grave but it is right there is no state funeral either. Her legacy is of
public division, private selfishness and a cult of greed, which
together shackle far more of the human spirit than they ever set free.”
I guess no-one gets to say what others SHOULD feel during a week like this. Especially if they weren't actually there at the time, being too young. But the summing up of the legacy is spot on.
I have mostly been watching the coverage and thinking good grief, how did we tolerate the sound of THAT voice in the News for eleven years? I note that these days, even young Old Etonians (if you see what I mean) up to and including princes of the blood royal do not talk out of the backs of their necks any longer.
The voices of the present cabinet may have changed from semi-strangled hectoring patrician tones to middling, mild, chummy voices, but it is alarming how much Thatcherite content has re-emerged of late.
Some of us remember where it led last time...
I give 'em one more parliament. MAX. And maybe not even that. Britain prefers to even itself out like a swinging pendulum. Not unlike USA for that, except we aren't simply bipartite, and the idea of democratic socialism doesn't petrify the UK. Some of us are really rather proud of the achievements of past Labour governments, and want more of them reinstated. Certainly not eroded further. We will see.
But if we have any hot weeks in the coming months there could be riots, in the dog days and long light warm evenings of high summer. When the fat cats of the cabinet are on holiday, the mice might run into the streets and play. Especially if they feel even further ghettoised, marginalised and maligned than they have even heretofore. And these days they have technology. Social networking can quickly become civil unrest organising.
That's not a threat, or a promise, or even a prediction. That is a quiet feeling of unease I have that I cannot seem to persuade myself out of, this week especially.
Worms will turn.