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Political Satire and its Critics: From Spitting Image to Tracey Ullman.

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Trigger Warning: Satire!

The reaction to Charlie Hebdo in the English-speaking world has always been marked by po-faced people telling the cartoonists what should and what should not be satire.

The usual hostility to French secular leftists by the likes of Giles Fraser, the ex-SWP supporting Priest, now a Patriot with a wanion, is one thing.

Now we see the same kind of reaction to Tracey Ullman.

As somebody who tabled a resolution at Warwick Students’ Union in the late 70s mocking Larry O’Nutter (something like, “we shall smash the trumpeting bourgeoisie; throwing the error-strewn imperialists apologists into smithereens i.e. into the gutter”) and got a counter-resolution in return taking the piss out of Andrew Coates (First line, “Marxism is all-powerful because it is true, it is not true because it is all-powerful – Louis Althusser), perhaps I have a decades old thick skin.

Ullman’s sketch on Corbyn last week raised the hackles of a swarm of his supporters.

It only offended me because her feeble attempt to give him a North London accent – speaking as Geezer born in his constituency.


Now there is this:

Being made of stern stuff I recall this, which I may guess few leftists would object to.


So there we have it.

Defeat of the po-faced.

 I fucking hate Tories!




After Thatcher: The Movement to Destroy the Legacy of Thatcherism.

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George Osborne Weeps: Will Thatcherism Now Die as well?

With that funeral Class Hatred came back yesterday.

David Cameron boasted that “We all Thatcherites now”.

He can say it three times but it will still not be true.

The ceremony was said to be truly moving magnificent .

But  could not be more wrong when he comments in the Guardian,

For all the grandeur, they claimed a simple purpose. They had come, they said, not to bury a political figure or an “-ism”, but a woman of flesh and blood, a mortal who was “one of us”. And yet there were moments when it seemed they had come to bury an entire era, to conclude at last that dizzying, turbulent decade where she reigned supreme. The ceremony that hushed central London on Wednesday morning was a farewell to Margaret Thatcher – but also to the 1980s.

The sight of so many  grasping, grudging, gruesome, mean-spirited, mean-minded, and mean-intentioned mourners stirred up great feelings of class loathing  across the country.

Sharp divisions sprang up again, as if they had never gone away.

Thatcher was “one of them“.

The Liberal-Tory Coalition is trying to complete the ‘Thatcher Revolution’  by destroying everything that remains of social democracy, equality and care for others.

Instead of collective pride in our common wealth, they promote the private richess of the few.

Instead of joyful unity between people they bring hatred and fear of the many, the poor and migrants,

On the television a succession of admirers of Thatcher have paraded their own merits.

They have done down the efforts of those who have not benefited from the market.

This is a different picture that will remain seared on our minds,


An Effigy of Margaret Thatcher (‘Thatcher the Scab’) is burnt in the former Mining Village of Goldthorpe.

Against fear and hatred the left can build something new.

Sisters, Brothers, Comrades –  there’s a place for you: in the People’s Assembly Against Austerity!

Thatcher and Enoch Powell.

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I hate the ugly, hate the old,
I hate the lame and weak,
But more than that I hate the dead
That lie so still in their earthen bed
And never dare to rise.
I only love the strong and bold,
The flashing eye, the reddening cheek,
But more than all I love the fire
In youthful limbs, that wakes desire

And never satisfies.

Enoch Powell.

Yesterday on Question Time Charles Moore, the author of the soon-to-be published updated biography of Margaret Thatcher, spoke vociferously in defence of her memory and legacy.

He practically foamed with anger at those who ‘disrespected’ her with protests and Death Parties.

Charles Moore combines a boundless admiration for Thatcher with warm feelings towards one of Thatcher’s major influences, Enoch Powell.

Writing of the later Moore said last year,

Powell’s passion was a virtue as well, because political leaders should be able to feel and to dramatise the history that makes a nation what it is.

His commitment to the British nation state, and above all to the Parliament which embodied it, made him pay relentless attention to the visceral issues which lay behind the questions of the day. “Enoch was right”, taxi drivers always used to say 25 years ago.

They meant, right about the dangers of mass immigration. Some of them were racists, but I don’t think most were. They had a pride in the identity of their nation and a fear when they felt it threatened. Powell spoke to these feelings, and although his language was inflammatory, he was right to raise the subject.

If you were around in the 1970s it was not necessary to see the connection between Thatcher and Powell, even after Powell had been forced out of the Conservative Party.

One could simply feel the strong bond.

But if proof were needed Thatcher later said this – on Powell’s views on immigration.

In an interview for Today shortly after her departure from office in 1991, Margaret Thatcher said that Powell had “made a valid argument, if in sometimes regrettable terms.” (Wikipedia)

In more detailed terms the connection is described as follows.

“The former Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, based many of her defining policies along the lines of Enoch Powell’s rhetoric. There are not a great many differences; although Margaret Thatcher did make attempts to curtail immigration, it was not to the extent that Powell had proposed in 1968. Thatcher also intended to greatly reduce the power of the welfare state and national assistance, which Powell had not been so enthusiastic about.”

Andrew Gamble was to call Thatcherism the politics of the “Free Market and the Strong State” .

It was this ideological debt to Powell as well as the New Right that he referred to.

People were forced to be free on the market, and if they didn’t like it they would be stamped on.

Richard Seymour’s Obituary of Thatcher is well worth reading on these links.

When admirers of Thatcher talk of how ‘vicious’ the 1970s left was, and had tasteless and hateful those holding Thatcher death parties are, look at the poem of her hero above.

Its stench is hard to forget.

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April 12, 2013 at 4:06 pm

Ben Gummer Ipswich MP to Consecrate Shrine to Baroness Thatcher.

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Lady Lane, The Beautiful Site for New Shrine to Baroness Thatcher.

Ben Gummer Ipswich MP (Con), Minister for Ipswich, Mayor of Ipswich and leader of the National Amalgamated Associated Operatives for Bankers* gives an alternative view in this guest post on Tendance Coatesy.

Thatcher was the most truly great PMs in this country’s history.

I met her several times over the years – the last time was at the funeral of Ted Heath – and she always had time for me.

She did more to form modern Britain than any other person. She reversed decline and gave the nation a most significant endowment, a renewed spirit of confidence, enterprise and endeavour.

I would like to add that Baroness Thatcher inspired me to go into politics.

As a lad,  taking pot shots at some ne’er-do-well peasants on the Suffolk Estates of my father (now Baron Deben), I played my part in that spirit of endeavour and enterprise.

The people of Ipswich owe a lot to her work.

The closure of the Ransomes and Rapier in 1987 and the clearing of the Engineering firms, and other industry based at the head of the River Orwell paved the way for today’s much-needed Neptune Marina.

Without this reversal of decline would the much-loved Bistro On The Quay be there?

That is why, with a committee of local figures, we have formed the Lady Lane Shrine group.

A historic site, dedicated to our Lady, will become the destination for new pilgrimages.

This time in Baroness Thatcher’s Honour.

The young folk begging in the gutters of Ipswich and sleeping in doorways will find great consolation in this.

Gifts and tributes to the former PM  can be placed at my Central Ipswich Office.

We are pleased to have received the sponsorship of Wonga Dot Com.

*From Ben’s Blog, latest post:

Three Cheers for the Bankers 29th March 2013.

My post a few weeks ago included a letter from City UK, which lobbies on behalf of the financial services sector. It is a clever outfit, because despite its name it works hard to represent companies and employees working outside London in other financial centres across the country. And they know how to lobby: with the letter came a factsheet on my constituency. Frankly, in the case of Ipswich they don’t need to do any explaining – the numbers speak for themselves.

There are two things to note here.  First, that of all places in Britain we should be the last to indulge in ‘banker bashing’.  There are a few in London who give this sector a bad name but in the main people working in financial services are very normal: they might even be your neighbour or the person who you sat next to on the bus this morning.

Secondly, this sector produces enormous amounts of wealth – the better part of £1 billion in Ipswich alone.  Without it, we would not be able to afford Ipswich Hospital or your local primary school or the roads, not perfect as they all may be.

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April 11, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Not a Tear for Madame Thatcher says French Left Paper.

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Pas une larme pour Madame Thatcher

José Fort, from  l’Humanité.

Nous ne pleurerons pas Mme Thatcher. Cette fille d’épicier a consacré toute sa vie politique à détruire le monde ouvrier, à laisser mourir des patriotes irlandais, à privilégier la caste des riches, à casser les plus pauvres.

We will not shed tears over Madame Thatcher. This grocer’s daughter dedicated her political life to destroying the working class. She let Irish patriots die, promoted the caste of the  rich, and ground down the poor.

La politique atlantiste de cette forcenée de l’ultra libéralisme fabriquée dans le même moule que Reagan restera dans l’Histoire non pas comme “La dame de fer” mais plutôt comme “la préposée aux sales coups”.

The Transatlantic policies of this enraged supporter of ultra-liberalism was in the same mould as Reagan. She will be recalled in History not as the Iron Lady but as somebody  with a bent for low tricks.

The article ends with some lines from the French singer Renaud.

In Miss Maggie, (YouTube link with subtitles) his most famous sentence is, 

Moi je me changerai en chien si je peux rester sur la Terre et comme réverbère quotidien je m’offrirai Madame Thatcher
I will change into a dog if I can stay on Earth and as my daily lampost I will use Mrs Thatcher


One could get the impression that Thatcher did not inspire universal international admiration.

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April 10, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Ex-Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher dies, aged 87, a Nation Mourns.

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British Mourning for Thatcher (Photo courtesy of the Daily Mail).

No attempt at ethical or social seduction can eradicate from my heart a deep burning hatred for the Tory Party. So far as I am concerned they are lower than vermin.

Aneurin Bevan

The BBC has just reported,

Former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher has died “peacefully” at the age of 87 after suffering a stroke, her family has announced.

David Cameron called her a “great Briton” and the Queen spoke of her sadness at the death.

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April 8, 2013 at 3:02 pm