Anti-Thatcher sentiment primed to sweep through singles charts

ding dong thatcher the witch  is dead


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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.

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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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2 Responses to "Anti-Thatcher sentiment primed to sweep through singles charts"

  1. Vanda  April 10, 2013 at 6:23 am

    Baroness Margaret Thatcher deserves a bit more respect. To some our greatest Prime Minister since Windston Churchill. Love her or loathe her, she in fact, through her Thatcherite policies did more to unite the Labour Party then Tony Blair ever could.

    Furthermore she, as a woman, overcame the Old School Boys Club of politics and business through her sheer grit and determination and in the Eighties as a young woman I had much admiration for her, though not her policies.

    Towards the end she became a frail old lady, and a recent picture of Thatcher with Carol by her side reminded me of those last few days of me with my (late) mother.

    Baroness Thatcher is now at rest, let her rest peacefully. Blessed Be.

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  2. Sally H  March 3, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    I agree. I remember her becoming Prime Minister as a teenager . My father disliked her intensely but she must have been amazingly strong to deal with all those male egos . I didn’t agree with her policies either, but I always admired her tenacity and strength of character .
    I cannot help but wonder how long it will be before the next female prime minister .
    I have this unsubstantiated belief , that all political parties , have in place ‘a plan’
    to ensure it doesn’t happen.

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