Ding Dong The Left Is Dead

Andrew Thorpe-Apps says, even in death, Lady Thatcher is humiliating the Left. 

‘Ditch the bitch’ was a common Labour slogan throughout Lady Thatcher’s years in office. Then, as now, it is clear that the Left’s hatred of Margaret Thatcher is tinged with sexism. The culture of confrontation within trade unions, coupled with the patriarchal nature of British socialism, led to women being considered as ‘less equal’ than men. The Left took great offence at being confronted by a female Prime Minister who had the audacity to speak her mind and tell them: ‘No, No, No!’

Yet Lady Thatcher defeated the unions and brought in sweeping economic changes. Had these reforms been implemented by a man, the Left would not have held such a personal vendetta. It speaks volumes about the irrelevance of the modern Left that they should so vehemently celebrate the death of an 87-year-old woman.

In his usual eloquent way, trade union boss Bob Crow said Lady Thatcher could ‘rot in hell’. Naturally, Bob Crow is a devout socialist – he earns £140,000 a year and was spotted quaffing champagne at a £650 Mayfair lunch while plotting tube strikes last year.

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Mrs Thatcher’s death prompted sections of the Left to hold ‘death parties’, involving drunken crowds with offensive chants and banners. Inevitably, participants viewed this as an opportunity for violence. Most were either young children, or not yet born, when Lady Thatcher was in power.

Facebook and twitter were used to encourage downloads of ‘Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead’ in an attempt to propel it to the top of the singles chart. Ironically, this means that the Left are seeking to tarnish Thatcher’s reputation by buying a product (the rights to which are owned by Thatcher-supporting Rupert Murdoch) from a multinational company. This is, at best, poorly thought out, and it means that Thatcher has won again. ‘Ding Dong’ will not last in the charts for long, but Thatcher’s legacy will endure.

It is easy to view this song ‘competition’ as being politically driven. However, this is not about Right v Left; it is about decency v cruel lunacy.

Furthermore, the Left’s orchestrated attempt to promote this Ding Dong nonsense has provoked an interesting response from young Conservatives, who have established the Facebook group ‘I’m in Love with Margaret Thatcher for #1’. This group, which has already succeeded in getting the pro-Thatcher tune into the top 10 chart, is set to surpass the membership of its controversial rival. Therefore, far from destroying Thatcher’s reputation, the Left have inadvertently brought Thatcherism to the attention of a new generation of Right-leaning individuals, many of whom only had a vague idea of what Margaret Thatcher stood for. It means that Thatcher’s legacy is assured and likely to have greater political influence.

The joyful squeals and ruckus that have greeted Lady Thatcher’s death are nothing more than the final gasps of the hapless Left. The Left has nothing to offer modern British politics other than protest. It has only been able to define itself in opposition to Thatcherism and, more recently, in opposing spending cuts and welfare reform. Lady Thatcher’s great achievement was in forcing the Labour Party onto the centre ground. This was shown by the fact that New Labour reversed very few of her policies.

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Conservative MPs packed their side of the Commons last Wednesday when a special debate was held to honour Lady Thatcher. But opposition benches remained largely empty, with around 150 Left-wingers absent. Although most of the session saw respectful tributes, firebrand Glenda Jackson MP was determined to rehash the political arguments of the 1980s. It is a shame that Mrs Jackson did not stick to acting. She was slightly less hopeless at that.

Respect MP George Galloway, who added to the Left’s intellectual discourse by tweeting ‘Tramp the dirt down’, also refused to attend the Parliamentary tributes. It should be noted, however, that Mr Galloway rarely turns up to debates at the best of times.

Rather than be upset by the ‘death parties’ and insults, Lady Thatcher would have considered them as a tribute. According to Conor Burns MP, when Lady Thatcher discovered that stalls at the Trades Union Congress were selling ‘party packs’ for delegates who despised her to use when she died, she was ‘delighted’. She said that the fact that they still felt so strongly about her was a tribute to the fact that she had achieved things, rather than just been a politician.

The Left’s continued hatred towards Lady Thatcher is actually the greatest tribute they could pay. They hate her not just because she defeated them, but because she completely changed the political landscape. The sexist insults, death parties and promotion of offensive songs only serve to remind us how insignificant the Left now are in British politics.

20 COMMENTS

  1. A well measured article about a brilliant politician. She even wanted out of EU toward the end. That was what got rid of her, the fascist EU junta forced her out and allowed the pathetic MP ‘yes sir Mr EU’ we now have. No balls or thoughts outside the party mantra. Very sad.

  2. “She set a record for unpopularity as PM that has not been matched by
    John Major, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown or David Cameron: 16 per cent
    satisfied and 79 per cent dissatisfied in March 1990 (Ipsos Mori).” Try to remember what it once felt like, please.

    • As Lady Thatcher would have said, leadership is not a mere popularity contest – it is about making the difficult decisions that most shy away from. This is why, despite her apparent ‘unpopularity’, she was able to win three successive elections.

  3. The *left* is insignificant, eh? Remind me Andrew, when was the last time the Conservative party won a majority at a general election? 🙂

    I can understand why Conservatives want to mourn Thatcher – she was the most successful leader you ever had. But she was also the *last* really successful Tory leader. Even as she won three elections, she permanently damaged the Tory brand in large parts of the country. Until the Conservative party understands why she was so hated by many, and continues to be so more than two decades after leaving office, I expect they’ll have difficulty winning a majority ever again.

    • Well, when was the last time a true Party of the Left won a majority at a general election? You’d have to go back to the 1970s for that. New Labour was very much a product of Thatcherism, and Blair reversed very few of her policies. You might point to things like the national minimum wage as examples of Labour still being ‘Left’, but I’m fairly certain the Conservatives would have implemented a minimum wage policy as some point (especially given the fact that even the US now has a minimum wage).

      The Conservatives failed to gain a majority not because they were thwarted by the Left, but because the ‘Left’ Party became centrist. Surely the greatest victory is when your opponent starts to follow your lead? Miliband may be looking to take Labour back to the Left. I suspect Conservatives will be hoping he does so.

      • Great response, Andrew. It’s precisely the same with the welfare debate. Though I don’t agree with what the parties are doing with regards to welfare at present, it’s clear that the Conservatives set the pace and Labour followed them into the debate, echoing their sentiments.

      • Oops, should have replied to this one sooner. Anyway: I actually agree with you on this one. Since Thatcher left office, her political viewpoint has broadly become something of a cross-party consensus, and was basically accepted by Tony Blair and the New Labour project. In that sense, the premise of this blog post is quite accurate – she did permanently reshape the landscape of British politics, in a more rightward direction.

        My comment above was partly trolling, but I was also noting one of the amusing ironies of Thatcher: that despite her electoral triumphs, in the end it was the *Labour* party who were her real political beneficiaries. By forcing Labour to reform and embrace free-market solutions, she set the stage for Blair’s three election victories and left the Tories out of power for a generation. If that’s not ironic, I don’t know what is.

    • The irony of hindsight eh? With a Tory majority and a new female leader rising in the polls when you normally lose favour in power.

      And talking of Thatcher damaging the Tory brand while here we are with Labour completely toxic to it’s former voters because of Blair and furthered by the militant left’s control now.

      The left have nowhere to turn. Labour have an internal battle between Blairites and Corbynites both of whom are toxic to all the voters they would need to retrieve to win an election and the Lib Dems who sank in 2015 and are looking like they will struggle to get anywhere near half of their 2010 showing (let alone the 2005 Charles Kennedy higher figure they had.)

      Your last sentence (in hindsight) is hilarious.

  4. There is plenty otherwise to indicate “the Left” is still relevant:

    1) The famous leftist rag, the “New Statesman” has just had its centenary and its circulation is rising. (Although still half the Spectator’s)

    2) The Green Party have 34 council seats and an MP compared to UKIP’s 9 council seats. (Although UKIP isn’t exactly the best representative of Libertarianism!)

  5. “I’m in Love with Margaret Thatcher” is ironic. It’s actually an “anti-thatcher” tune being misappropriated.

    • The point of any Art form is that it allows for personal interpretation. There is no central institution telling you how to interpret a song, painting etc. Luckily, Margaret Thatcher defeated Communism, so we don’t have to live in a totalitarian state (much to the chagrin of Lefties)

    • The Iron Lady was originally coined as an anti-Thatcher term by the Soviets too. She took their term and made it her own so it seems appropriate for “I’m in Love with Margaret Thatcher” to be taken over as well. She seems to keep defeating the left. In the meantime all those lefties downloading Ding Dong are making money for huge multinational organisations…..

  6. Many people suffered under Thatcher and there are many people today who make a good case that the legacy she left behind isn’t a particularly good one. These people aren’t this homogenous block you call “The Left”, nor are they “extremists” or “the enemy within”, as Thatcher described them. They were ordinary people who lost their livelihoods.

    When protesters use sexist language calling Thatcher a “bitch”, it sets back feminism to the dark ages and no-one should use that kind of language ever. However those people are the minority within the anti-Thatcher camp.

    I’m not going to be involved in ‘death parties’, downloading songs to make a point or silly things like that. However it’s a long and cherished British tradition to pour scorn over hated establishment figures so long may it continue.

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