Saturday, August 02, 2008

Thatcher to be granted state funeral?

The current discussions about granting Margaret Thatcher the honour of a state funeral is to be saluted. It's an indication that she may be about to pop her clogs at last.
Consultations are taking place at the highest level, involving the Queen or Gordon Brown, as arrangements are made for the cherished moment.

On a more factual note, it is worth remembering that a state funeral, last staged in 1965 for Winston Churchill, is estimated at £3 million. I don't deny some people still have Maggie shrines in their living room, but why should the most divisive Prime Minister in British history be granted a state ceremony? As a gesture of appreciation for supporting South Africa's apartheid? Or perhaps because the Royals endorsed everything she did?

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