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well, it was only a matter of time... you've got to admire these ambulance-chasing meedja types, they never give up in their quest for the Next Dead Famous Person (TM)!

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Date: 2005-12-08 11:08 am (UTC)
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I'm not looking forward to the triumphalist crowing on her death.

She was a politician - so vote her out. Oh look, no-one did - that's democracy for you. Oh, she had a terrible meritocratic money and possession-obsessed worldview - welcome to the 1980s, did she brainwash everyone in the country? She didn't believe in society - again, did she brainwash everyone?

She was an obsessive control-freak, and in the absence of a viable opposition (in our out of her party) her own prejudices ran riot, and she started doing some weird shit. Sounds familiar to me.

I may not have agreed with huge amounts of what she said or did, I found her a strident bitch. However: she was humioliated out of office by ehr own party. She's lost her husband. Her beloved son is a disgraced crook. She's been out of power for 15 years, and is an old, frail woman with dementia. Isn't that enough "punishment"?

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Date: 2005-12-08 11:46 am (UTC)
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> whipping up a sense of national grief

No, I just can't see this. The Mail, Express and Torygraph will go overboard, but I don't see there being any significant public outpouring of grief.

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Date: 2005-12-08 12:15 pm (UTC)
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She walked out of London's Chelsea and Westminster Hospital telling reporters: "I'm fine, I'm fine. I feel fine."

What they failed to consider, of course, was that these were the only words she could remember...

Tasteless remarks aside, I agree with everything uttered above. And I can see an attempt to wring grief out of her demise looming, though I can't see it working very well.

Let's not forget that the tabloids were continually hounding bloody Princess bloody Di, mocking her, raking her love life over the coals, gleefully trawling through every mucky detail in her life in the hope of gleaning more dirt to scrawl over their sordid pages. They loved taking potshots at her, trying to catch suggestive images of her literally to the moment of her death. Whereupon... Private Eye chronicled the hypocrisy very well at the time, as I recall.

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