Billy Bragg: ‘Margaret Thatcher’s Death Should Not Be Celebrated’

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April 9, 2013 | 7:26am EST

Singer/songwriter Billy Bragg is urging his fans not to celebrate the death of Britain’s former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher despite his hatred of the ex-leader’s controversial policies.
Baroness Thatcher passed away following a stroke on Monday and her death prompted macabre parties in several parts of the U.K., including the London suburb of Brixton, where two arrests were made after the gathering grew violent.
Thatcher made history by becoming Britain’s first female Prime Minister in 1979 but later became a figure of hate for many after her tough policies sparked civil unrest and fierce riots in some areas of the country.
Now Bragg has encouraged his fans to organize activism against the current Conservative government, who have recently introduced a series of funding cutbacks across the U.K., instead of celebrating the death of its former boss.
In a post on his official Facebook.com page he writes, “This is not a time for celebration. The death of Margaret Thatcher is nothing more than a salient reminder of how Britain got into the mess that we are in today. Of why ordinary working people are no longer able to earn enough from one job to support a family; of why there is a shortage of decent affordable housing… of why cynicism and greed became the hallmarks of our society. Raising a glass to the death of an infirm old lady changes none of this. The only real antidote to cynicism is activism. Don’t celebrate – organize!”
Baroness Thatcher’s funeral will take place at London’s St Paul’s Cathedral on 17 April.

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