Margaret Thatcher Dies And Socialism Celebrates The Death Of A Woman

Despite an agenda that supposedly demanded a greater respect for women in the 21st century, Labour’s reaction in celebrating yesterday’s death of Margaret Thatcher goes against that idyll.  In fact it shows they and their supporters are nothing more than hypocritical and ignorant.

Ken Livingstone, Neil Kinnock, George Galloway, the GMB and NUS Unions et al have been positively exuberant in rejoicing at the news.  Yet given how their political mantra has been to go on record, stating unequivocally that women should be respected, really stands at odds in how they have been revelling in the death of - yes, that’s right, a woman - irrespective of her political leanings.

Her achievements and failures are well documented.  Yet given how ex Labour MP George Galloway, now a Respect MP, took to Twitter to write ‘Tramp the dirt down’ – a reference to an Elvis Costello song in which the he vows to dance on Margaret Thatcher's grave – it makes you wonder if he actually realises the meaning of the word ‘respect’, which goes beyond a catchy little name for a political party.

While Galloway hopes, and I quote, ‘she burns in hell’, there is no shortage of Labour MPs and councillors lining up to deliver soundbite quotes.  Tina Bourne posted a photo of a bottle of Bollinger on Twitter with the accompanying message: 'Chin chin everyone' and the NUS national conference cheered at the news of Margaret Thatcher’s death.

But of course they have form considering that in the 2010 labour leadership, candidate John McDonnell drew loud applause when he said he would have liked to ‘assassinate’ the former Prime Minister, or even when Welsh Labour candidate Joe Lock wrote on a Facebook thread called ‘Is Margaret Thatcher dead yet?’ “Can’t be long, fingers crossed”.

Despite their crowing, the fact is that the Labour Party don’t like women and yet they are in denial despite their political opportunist traits.  After all, while they insist on positive discrimination by running women only lists to increase the proportion of female members come election time, the same does not apply when it comes to a woman aspiring to be the first leader of the Labour Party.

While rejoicing in the death of Margaret Thatcher, a woman who became the most successful Prime Minister of the modern era, at the last leadership election there was just one female allowed to stand - a token candidate called Diane Abbot.  Strangely nobody seemed bothered by this, least of all any of the other women at the cutting edge of Labour like Harriet Harmon, Yvette Cooper, Angela Eagle or Caroline Flint to name just a few of the socialist sisterhood.

For everyone – and that includes every member of the Labour party and affiliate member - who has taken a stand on sexism and equal opportunities for women, who try to promote respect for women, the fact that there is a continued desire to rejoice in a woman’s death really does question whether their lack of humanity and ignorant behaviour is no different from any other of society’s bigots, hypocrites and bullies.

Published by Martin Baum on 09/04/2013