Former British PM Margaret Thatcher died yesterday aged 87 after suffering a stroke and, right on cue, Morrissey has offered his opinion on the divisive political figure, typically making sure his opinions are heard loud and proud above the rest of the crowd as the music community responds, like the rest of the world, to the passing of the Iron Lady.
In an open letter published by The Daily Beast, Morrissey’s critique of Thatcher’s legacy is scathing, with the singer laying down a long list of what he describes as “barbaric” acts committed by Maggie, who he describes as “a terror without an atom of humanity”. You can read the entire statement below.
Morrissey isn’t alone in his contempt for Thatcher. As reported by NME, numerous Facebook campaigns are currently underway and gaining traction in attempting to help the classic The Wizard Of Oz tune Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead reach #1 on the Official UK Singles Chart. Nothing like the death of a politician to bring down the walls of typical British reserve.
Of course, not all social media campaigns have been so successful – Stereoboard reports that the Twitter hashtag of #nowthatcherisdead – “now Thatcher is dead” – was being misread as “now that Cher is dead” – sparking rumours that the Believe singer had also died.
Read: Morrissey’s Letter On Margaret Thatcher
“Every move she made was charged by negativity; she destroyed the British manufacturing industry, she hated the miners, she hated the arts, she hated the Irish Freedom Fighters and allowed them to die, she hated the English poor and did nothing at all to help them, she hated Greenpeace and environmental protectionists, she was the only European political leader who opposed a ban on the ivory trade, she had no wit and no warmth and even her own cabinet booted her out. She gave the order to blow up The Belgrano even though it was outside of the Malvinas Exclusion Zone—and was sailing AWAY from the islands! When the young Argentinean boys aboard The Belgrano had suffered a most appalling and unjust death, Thatcher gave the thumbs-up sign for the British press.
“Iron? No. Barbaric? Yes. She hated feminists even though it was largely due to the progression of the women’s movement that the British people allowed themselves to accept that a prime minister could actually be female. But because of Thatcher, there will never again be another woman in power in British politics, and rather than opening that particular door for other women, she closed it.
“Thatcher will only be fondly remembered by sentimentalists who did not suffer under her leadership, but the majority of British working people have forgotten her already, and the people of Argentina will be celebrating her death. As a matter of recorded fact, Thatcher was a terror without an atom of humanity.”