A touch of class, and an anti-tribute to Thatcherism

Here’s how out of it I am. I didn’t know Glenda Jackson had quit acting! Well, I knew I hadn’t seen her in a movie in years, but just the thought that a two time Academy Award winner for Best Actress (“Women in Love,” 1971; “A Touch of Class,” 1973) is totally out of the business astounds me.

Even worse, I didn’t know she’s been a Minister of Parliament in the U.K. for 20 years!

And then I find out she went of the floor of Parliament and did a savage rhetorical autopsy on Margaret Thatcher when everyone else was eulogizing the former PM.

Here’s the speech:

Wow! Jackson left a lot of sputtering Conservatives in her wake!

When Maggie Thatcher dies

There was a lot of coverage last week for the funeral of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Glowing tributes. Memories of the Iron Lady allied with Ronald Reagan and standing up to the Evil Empire of the Soviet Union.

It was a great day for global conservatives.

But the surprising thing is the overwhelming venom she inspired throughout the British empire. This song hit the top of the charts on the BBC after her death was announced:

YIKES! OK, maybe there was a coincidental rush of interest in “The Wizard of Oz” the week the baroness died. After all, the Brits don’t treat their royalty with such contempt…

What the hell is going on?

A pensioner called Phil Williams was holding a banner saying “Rest in Shame”.

“Sorry, but it needs saying, they’re burying an old woman,” said the 58-year-old former power station worker from Shotton in Flintshire.

“No one’s ever heard of Shotton apart from the fact that they lost 8,000 jobs when the steelworks closed in the early 80s”, he added.

“Look at what she did to the North, steel works, mining, the poll tax. She trialled all these things in the North and made criminals out of a million people. I have no regard for the woman.”

Protester Charmain Kenner, 58, had her back turned as Lady Thatcher’s coffin went past Trafalgar Square in the hearse.

“Thatcher’s policies were all about individualistic materialism. She created a much greater divide between rich and poor, she ruined many communities and many industries”, she said.

“Basically, she ruined this country and, to add insult to injury, we’re expected to pay for her funeral.”

Surely, there were politicians in America who were hated as much as Margaret Thatcher was in Britain (George Wallace, Richard Nixon and Strom Thurmond immediately come to mind), but I don’t remember anyone singing about having a party or celebrating their deaths like the Brits did this past week.