Thatcher Hate, Expressed in Song

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Margaret Thatcher (Wikimedia Commons)

Margaret Thatcher attracted such titles as Tramp the Dirt Down, in which Elvis Constello imagined Thatcher's end in 1983. Morrisey imaginging her on the Guillotine in 1988, and any number of unplayable insults and angry rants came from bands like the Clash, Pink Floyd and Crass. What else did the former British prime minister inspire?

Martha Kearney is host of the Newsnight Arts Review on BBC TV and the World At One on BBC Radio.


Martha Kearney

Comments [3]


Don't all of the British pop stars who wrote protest songs about Mrs. Thatcher now reside in the United States, with personal corporations set up in the Channel Islands, so as to avoid the ruinous personal tax rates that Mrs. Thatcher tried so harde to reduce?

Apr. 10 2013 09:25 AM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

She inspired the cover by Iron Maiden which then was banned...

Apr. 09 2013 10:44 AM

Notice the words hate and misogyny are not mentioned by those so very concerned with civility and the political power of women.
Why is vicious hate welcomed and accepted by the media when it comes from the left?
Time for the media to do some self examination if their hypocrisy allows them the next time they
speak of "boiling mad" conservatives.
Would such invective against a progressive female politician
today be so celebrated? If not then why not?

Apr. 09 2013 10:29 AM

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