So, who is coming the funeral?
By Umbreen Ali
April 15, 2013, 8:43 pm

The divisive response to Mrs Thatcher's death was hardly unpredicted.

Whether you empathise with the jubilations or consider them puerile, whether you buy that single or not, the dichotomy will never change.

Even a Facebook group "Maggie's Good Riddance Party", has attracted thousands of followers.

The fact that the majority of those celebrating were not born during nor directly exposed to Thatcherite politics seems to be a concept pushed into complete oblivion.

And as for those who are purchasing the single 'Ding Dong the witch is dead,' well, how many are seriously going to play that on their iPod again?

However, this state funeral without the official title, seems to be gaining headlines for the money being spent on it and now for its attracting celebrity guests.



And naturally, with the conglomeration of celebrities comes the inevitable obsessive scrutiny of their attire.

Is the funeral more important or the celebrities attending?

Aside from the fact that the Queen's attendance is considered unusual, other key international political figures will be present including some rather disgruntled domestic ones.

The celebrity guest list now includes Jeremy Clarkson, Joan Collins, Shirley Bassey, Lord Lloyd-Webber, Michael Crawford and classical singer Katherine Jenkins.

It is a well known fact that Mrs Thatcher remained distant from the word of celebrity. So would she have approved such a glitzy invite list? Is this the kind of homage she would wish to be paid to her?


Whether you tune in to watch the funeral with Holly Willoughby or David Dimbleby in your ears, there is no doubt that the celebrity presence will certainly distract from the official ceremonies.


And the public, perhaps rather willingly, will be exposed to endless photos of celebrities entering and leaving St Paul's cathedral and column inches devoted to who designed which outfit and whose was more somber than the next, and who made a faux pas with the wrong type of hat with her day dress etc etc.


Is this what our erudite British society has regressed to? Buying rather bad songs from children's films and rioting in the streets like hooligans to make a political statement?

A woman once said, “I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.” Food for thought…