London Throws Party Celebrating Death Of Margaret Thatcher

Anti-Margaret Thatcher badge, 1980sReuters reports that only “hundreds” of people turned up for “the party of a lifetime” celebrating the death of reviled (and occasionally revered) former UK prime minister Margaret Thatcher in London today:

Several hundred people turned up for a “party” in central London on Saturday to celebrate the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher as a mass protest predicted by some failed to materialize.

The British capital’s mayor had warned of potential rioting as organizers promised thousands of opponents of Thatcher, who died aged 87 on Monday, would descend on London’s Trafalgar Square to mark the passing of a leader who was loved and loathed in equal measure.

Current British politicians and world leaders past and present have paid tributes to the former premier, Britain’s longest serving prime minister in over a century, but she continues to divide Britons over policies which saw her crush trade unions and privatize swathes of industry.

The event, which had been planned by left-wing activists in the event of her death decades ago, had been billed as “the party of a lifetime”.

But in cold and rainy conditions, it attracted only several hundred jovial and noisy supporters, chanting “Maggie, Maggie, Maggie, dead, dead, dead”…

[continues at Reuters]

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  • Carl_Brutanananadilewski

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  • RayJ

    I think we should all feel a little bit better that there is only a fairly small number of people who would gleefully dance on the grave of someone they disagree with politically.

    • Joevl

      I think we should all feel a little bit worse that there is only a fairly small number of people who turned up to protest a 10 million pound funeral in these “difficult financial times”…

    • http://www.facebook.com/fawwaazhk Sayyid Fawwaaz

      like someone suggested her funeral should have been for public tender so her shoe lickers can dog fight to burry or burn her.

  • Raz

    PARTY ON!

  • shad well

    “only hundreds of people turned up” there was actually around three thousand risked a beating on a cold and very rainy night

    only
    “hundreds” of people turned up for “the party of a lifetime” – See more
    at:
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  • cakey pig

    There were more than 3000 people there – Reuters has copied the ‘police estimate’ which is always about 25% of the real numbers.