Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Today

The news is on, with pictures and replays of Lady Thatcher's funeral. Once again England shows how an occasion is made into an occasion by superb organisation and timing. Since the advent of television, it's something which guarantees a spectacle like no other which may be witnessed in the comfort of one's own home.

The stupidity of some young people who were not even ALIVE during her time as Prime Minister was unbelievable, but they were outnumbered by the support of thousands of people who lined the route - some of whom had camped out all night in order to witness the procession.

A few days ago I wrote something which I am posting again here, as many Napple Notes readers don't follow my more poetical offerings on either Alias Jinksy, or In Tandem. R.I.P. Maggie.

In Memoriam

The name of Margaret Thatcher hit the news
again, not due to governmental coup
or parliamentary problem, simply death -
her own - not those of troops in Falkland's war.
Some mourn and some rejoice that she is gone,
but chroniclers will none the less record
her place in British history as the first
woman elected to head our Ministers.
A prime position, in name as well as fact,
despite the humble start she had in life.
Now, at its end, what higher tribute
could be paid, than that the Queen herself
attend her funeral service, with respect?

8 comments:

  1. I think her name is a bit like Marmite........ some love her & some hate her but whichever side of the camp people fit into, it is not right to act in such a disrespectful way. However, we must remember that we are a democratic country and that we are lucky that we are allowed to show our feelings as many don't have that privilege in other countries.
    Your poem was extremely good.
    Maggie x

    Nuts in May

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  2. Yes, at least in the moment of someone's passing, we should bow our head, with respect.

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  3. A really nice poem. Well done.

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  4. I love Margaret Thatcher. What a fine stateswoman...and lady she was!
    The world loses when we lose someone as fine as Ms. Thatcher.

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  5. I happen to be an avid admirer of The Iron Lady...I was shocked to hear the news and am not ashamed to say that I did indeed shed a few tears...I had the great pleasure of meeting her while we were living in England, she was indeed a Great Lady...may The Baroness rest peacefully
    Sandi

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  6. Jackie & Sandi - Thank goodness, I’m not the only Blogger who thinks she stood up for England against the world. I heard on TV the other day how much money she’d saved UK from paying out in EU taxes – hundreds of millions, if not billions. And the mean minded begrudge her a decent send off!!
    The Iron Lady did it for me. *smiles*

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  7. I agree with Maggie May.
    She did do a lot of harm to those in unions, on welfare and yet, that is a story for history, not the day of her funeral.
    Cheers from Cottage Country!

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  8. Lovely poem.

    Love her, or hate her, Mrs Thatcher deserves our respect.

    Why is it still so hard for people to admire a strong, opinionated woman? If she had been a man would he have been called 'the Iron Man'? I don't think so.

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