Londoners Take To The Streets To Celebrate Margaret Thatcher’s Death

Beginning in the afternoon, until riot police dispersed the crowd after midnight, the center of the South London district of Brixton apparently became enveloped by partying yesterday. Brixton Buzz has an extensive collection of photos:

A substantial crowd gathered in Windrush Square in Brixton last night on the news that Margaret Thatcher had died. By 6pm there was already a large crowd filling the square. It got a bit silly by the end, and riot police were called in.

 

 

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  • Andrew

    Now that’s the kind of base, vulgar, unenlightened behavior I can get behind!

    • kowalityjesus

      what poor taste. what happened to the respect for the dead…why does it have to be encomiastic fellating or irreverent polemicism

      • Jin The Ninja

        who mourns evil?

        • kowalityjesus

          it’s the low road on both sides, this 24-hour partisanship. society needs more free time to become nobler.

          • Jin The Ninja

            is it somehow ‘noble’ for the corporate media to use her death as a way to cannonise and glamorise her? the ‘great loss’ rhetoric is a bitter pill to swallow in the face of what her governance did. would it be more noble to quietly accept the rhetoric? i hardly think nobility derives from the acceptance of injustice. in fact, in daoist thought, nobility is synonymous with justice. i think a great big kegger is in order, and i don’t even drink.

          • kowalityjesus

            Figure out what I said in the first place. I am complaining about both sides, this whole dog and pony show is a product of a “slow news” period. Its like Whitney Houston all over again. aagghh, its so stupid. I do this for fun, not to dance on someone’s grave.

          • Jin The Ninja

            my knowledge of american pop culture might be lacking, but i cannot for the life of me recall whitney houston’s waged personal and political war on the poor and working class- and the ensuing beatification of those same fascist ideals.

      • DILTM

        “What happened to respect for the dead.” Surely the dead are the perfect people to disrespect? Respect for the living is what we should aim for.

        • kowalityjesus

          how about bringing W to trial for destroying America and her reputation around the world, instead of barfing over the legacy of the byzantine but well-meaning Thatcher?
          This relentless cult of the novelty!!!! emptiness!!!!

          • Andrew

            I’d skip pissing on Thatcher’s grave for Bush’s trial, no question. But America’s current reputation is largely deserved.

          • Jin The Ninja

            concur.

      • rak

        If you want that people respect you after death, you should have respected them when you were alive.

      • Calypso_1

        Whitewash that tomb!

        • kowalityjesus

          Thatcher is dead, but the political puppetmasters that wrote her policies live on, thus red herring.

          • Calypso_1

            Fishheads

      • Andrew

        I’m not concerned whether or not people have respect for me after I’m dead.

  • Rhoid Rager

    Fuck yeah! I’ll light a joint in solidarity.

  • suburbanbatherson

    Yes, in Manchester, Bristol, Glasgow, Liverpool…. If one in five love her and one in five are indifferent, then three in five British people loathe Thatcher. The jokes have been flowing with the champagne. Her crimes are many, but for international readers, here’s a few: the Poll Tax… Her friendship with Pinochet… Releasing Murdoch on the British press and giving him access to a TV network…. Privatisation of the nation’s gas, telephone, rail, electricity supplies. Undermining public services and giving private psychopaths the chance to control the market and constantly bump up prices… Crippling the NHS… Propping up of South Africa under Apartheid…. Calling Mandella a terrorist…. Record UK unemployment…. Constant manipulation of figures and claimant’s status…. Self-serving foreign policy ventures, including undying support for Reagan…. The death of British heavy industry. Five million manual workers (skilled, unskilled, union and non union represented) told that their services will no longer be needed… Hard, dirty, difficult jobs on docks, in factories, mills and mines that were paying a decent wage after centuries of fucking exploitation……… GONE, under Thatcher (despite making the best steel products / ample coal seams / viable ports / hungry workers) we turned to a money economy, a service economy, a wideboy economy… And Britain is now a lot shitter because of it… The Hillsborough cover up…. Demonisation of the poor and working classes… Destruction of funded arts…. A property boom that sent prices rocketing and left us short of state owned housing stock….

    Hence the party.

  • amerikagulag

    I’m sure the US will do the same with Bush and Cheney and most of the world with Kissinger!

    • rak

      But that would not be a justice. No death they deserve but justice.

    • Dingbert

      Nope. Too stupid.
      Thatcher was the same as Reagan and his death turned into a revisionist circle jerk that, in my opinion, eclipsed the far more heartbreaking death of Ray Charles. Instead of learning from Reagan’s mistakes, we posthumously created a cult of personality validating right-wing policies, quoting him like Gospel, and screaming at the heretics who doubt his infallibility.

  • rak

    Is this just a repetition for much bigger celebration? Do you know another old lady there?

  • Hadrian999

    one of the reasons I have no use for most people, celebrating something they had no part in and causes no actual change to their condition.

    • Rhoid Rager

      Celebrating the death of a tyrant serves a cathartic social function. Much the same as tyrants are only tyrants because they are socially constructed to be so. One goes with the other, you cranky fucker.

      • Hadrian999

        it’s an example of why people are so easily manipulated.

        • Rhoid Rager

          True, but where does that thesis end? Are rulers manipulated? If so, by who? And who manipulates them? I know, I know: they’re rhetorical questions, but this gets to the core of your argument: why use a transitive verb like ‘manipulate’ for some humans, but not all. Get me?

          • Hadrian999

            a populace who elected a conservative govt celebrating the death of a former conservative pm, you don’t find that hilarious? some meaningless symbol makes the masses feel good but the actual change is nothing. it’s pathetic, it’s the same thing as americans celebrating the flip flop of political front men while the systems and masters remain intact

          • Rhoid Rager

            OK. I guess we’re talking in different terms. I’m willing to wager that none of the people in those pictures actually voted conservative. If that’s the case, would you still say that it’s pathetic that they celebrate the demise of a conservative idealogue? I shouldn’t judge a book from it’s cover, but most of those people look like they wouldn’t vote at all, much less for a Tory candidate. But is their sentiment any less genuine? They’re probably fed-up with conservatism (or perhaps government, in general). There’s nothing pathetic there; just people who wish to upset the assumed public solemnity.

          • Hadrian999

            sentiment is useless without action that leads to some measurable action, awareness campaigns, internet petitions, drum circles, all meaningless safety valves that prevent people from actually doing something

          • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

            the scale of which meaningful action exists first requires an awareness. Without the general awareness and understanding, things that would otherwise be meaningful action are quickly and easily nipped in the bud by demonization and propaganda after the fact.

            As much as some might dream of an instantaneous switch to a better world, its somewhat delusional. Sometimes what would normally be a beneficial action triggers turbulence in grander scales slowing down progress in the long run.

  • http://iuwus.deviantart.com/ Threedinium

    She should have lived about a thousand years ago, she’d have been much happier hacking away at the serfs with a sword rather than legislation.

    • mannyfurious

      It’s probably a wash. You underestimate how hard a certain personality can get off on bureaucratically screwing over entire swaths of people. It’s a trade off, really. Of course the dirty-ness and personal-ness of hacking at people with a sword probably affords it’s own pleasures. But the power of simply signing your name on a piece of paper and single-handedly fucking over millions of people has to have it’s virtues as well.

      • Rhoid Rager

        Both of you are fucking-scary right.

      • http://iuwus.deviantart.com/ Threedinium

        A sobering thought. I’ve never actually been in a physical fight so I often fail to appreciate these finer points.

  • Juan

    Huzzah!

  • rak

    Can’t wait when we can celebrate death of the neoliberalism and neoclassical economics all over the world. Should we wait till the last neoliberal or neoclassical economist dies? Yes, it seems like we are waiting for death of people, not ideas. Ideas are already dead. What do we wait for? May be we wait for our own ideas?

  • rak

    When unemployed people were dying in misery, may be she celebrated it as a victory of her policy.

    • aggie

      Let’s not forget her friendship with paedo Jimmy Savile… as Mrs T ran the police and security services am damn sure she had some idea of what he was like.

  • Daenerys_Targaryen

    The world’s most popular woman.

  • Will Coles

    I’ve been watching foreign media telling us what a great woman she was, what she did for the country. The truth is she got it where it is now, broke & broken. She was really the start of the UK ‘class war’, she destroyed communities & showed a hatred for the working class & poor probably not seen that century.

    I keep hearing how she was democratically elected, yes, by a large minority & by doing things like calling the election in university holidays (the paperwork goes to the students term time addresses where I saw unopened stacks of them.)

    She sold off the publicly owned companies which can now raise prices without intervention (see rail, gas, electricity) & destroyed the mining & ship building industries as well as huge swaths of the manufacturing industry. Rather like Reagan though we are more aware of what our leaders do as we still have some non-right wing media.

    • aggie

      Also don’t forget the opposition vote was split by the SDP. Which turned eventually into the Lib Dems who are in the current coalition. For Americans reading the Lib Dem policies were seemingly very left wing – no student fees, no wars etc – and yet they’re the lapdogs to the worst Tory government since Margaret Hitler’s lot.

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