Campaign the latest in a series of negative reactions to former Prime Minister's death
The death of Margaret Thatcher might have been met with sadness at the top level of British politics, but reactions at a wider level were far more mixed, with as many of the general public seemingly taking pleasure from the death of the UK’s first prime minister to the extent that street parties were reported in the likes of Glasgow and Brixton – the latter where the infamous Poll Tax riots of the late 80’s occurred when Thatcher was in power.
It seems that this attitude has spread to the music charts as well, with a strong campaign having been launched on Facebook to get ‘Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead’ – from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz – to number one in the UK singles charts. The Independent reports that within 24 hours of Thatcher’s death, the track had risen to number nine on the iTunes chart and number two on the Amazon UK downloads chart. Overall that meant it had already reached number 54 in the Official UK Singles Charts.
A Facebook group had originally been set up back in 2007 to begin the campaign for the day Thatcher eventually passed away. With the Baroness’ death it’s been re-energised and gained some serious momentum, in one of more than a few controversial reactions to the death of a prime minister whose own notoriety goes without saying.
Margaret Thatcher passed away yesterday from a stroke