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Around 2,500 people have joined a Facebook campaign to celebrate the death of Margaret Thatcher via the UK’s singles charts. Anti-Thatcher activists hope to mark the occasion by sending Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead to No 1.
This macabre campaign has been in the making for years: the first Facebook page proposing the idea was created in 2007. On Monday, there were at least three groups soliciting readers to purchase Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead on iTunes or Amazon, sending it up the charts. Written by Harold Arlen and EY Harburg, the song first appeared in The Wizard of Oz; campaigners are asking supporters to rally around the version recorded by Ella Fitzgerald.
Although musicians such as Geri Halliwell and Harry Styles expressed their sadness over Thatcher’s passing, many others celebrated the former prime minister’s death. "DING DONG!" tweeted Los Campesinos!. "Rejoice my friends, rejoice!" declared Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite. On the iTunes Music Store, two anti-Thatcher songs – Ding Dong! and Elvis Costello’s Tramp the Dirt Down – were already charting. Other non-mourners pointed to deep cuts such as Crass’s How Does It Feel to Be the Mother of 1,000 Dead, and No Bombardeen Buenos Aires, from Argentina’s Charly García.
Thatcher died on Monday after suffering a severe stroke. She was 87. The former Conservative leader will be honoured with a ceremonial funeral at St Paul’s Cathedral.
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