April 11th, 2013

Thatcher Funeral Guest List

Downing Street have just released the first names who will attend Thatcher’s funeral on Wednesday:

- All surviving former prime ministers
– All surviving former US Presidents and a Reagan family representative
– Hillary Clinton
– All surviving members of Lady Thatcher’s Cabinets
– The current Cabinet
– The Leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition
– President Manuel Barroso
– Sir Bernard and Lady Ingham
– Fredrick Forsyth CBE
– Former Prime Minister Mahathir of Malaysia
– A representative of Nelson Mandela

Some of those attending include:

– Mr & Mrs Michael Portillo
– Tony & Cherie Blair
– F.W. de Klerk
– Dame Shirley Bassey DBE
– Jeremy Clarkson
– Lord and Lady Lloyd Webber
– Lord and Lady Archer
– Lord Powell of Bayswater KCMG OBE
– Lord Carrington
– Prime Minister Harper of Canada
- Former Prime Minister Brian Mulrooney of Canada


  1. 1
    Kebab Time says:

    Typo in headline, sack the intern.


  2. 2
    John Galt says:

    Jeremy fucking Clarkson?


    • 25
      George Gideon Oliver Osborne says:

      Someone has to bring ‘Top Gear’ to the event ;)


    • 54
      tigerowl says:

      He typifies Tory man. Him and Richard Littledick at the Mail. Opinionated without knoweledge. Racist, homophobic, sexist. Traites the Tories love.


      • 61
        Col Nut says:

        You have the stench of self-righteousness.


        • 70
          Lord Archer says:

          Well said, Col Nut. Anyone who criticises my Party must, by definition, be a lying hypocrite.


          • Lady Archer says:

            Darling, just because you went to prison after giving £2k of my money to a prostitute don’t think that I would go to the funeral without you. xx


          • owz-'bout-that-then says:

            If Jimmy were to have been going, would the powers-that-be make doubly sure that the coffin was sealed?


      • 80
        Gercha says:

        Come back and whinge about knowledge when you can spell the fucking word you ignorant lefty wanker


      • 95
        Bluto says:

        Not really. They are traits that the left love to attribute to the right because it makes them feel even more smug, sanctimonious and holier than thou whilst they go about wrecking the economy, importing the third world, destroying civil liberties and turning hospitals into death camps.


        • 112
          Nostradamus says:

          What is all this talk of left and right? Perchance some ancient ritual? I see only dancers to the same tune.


      • 144
        Tony Benn says:

        FFS you twat


    • 133
      Bob Fleming says:

      Jeremy Clarkson is one of the few celebrities on the BBC who a large section of the TV tax-paying public actually identify with. In fact most of the world given the massive popularity of Top Gear outside of the UK


  3. 3
    Boris for PM says:

    Candidates to give the Eulogy:

    1. Rupert Murdoch
    2. Kelvin Mackenize
    3. Guido


  4. 4
    JabbaTheCat says:

    I hope that c u n t Heseltine has the decency to stay away…


  5. 5

    Hmm my name must be on page 2 #shomemistake


  6. 6
    Guy News Room says:

    What a list of”benders” !!


  7. 7
    j p says:

    Is Mugabe busy? What about the Pinochet family?


  8. 8
    Prime Minister David Cameron says:

    I have made it quite plain that Owen Jones must attend.


    • 11
      Owen's Mum says:

      Please excuse Owen from attending, he has left his invitation on the bus.


    • 22
      Owen Jones says:

      I’d sneak into the men’s room with Michael Portillo half-way through so the the Right Honourable gentleman could relive his gay old days at Peterhouse.


  9. 9
    Anonymous says:

    Shirley Bassey?????


  10. 10
    Bfreesun says:

    @bfreesun: @GuidoFawkes
    Peter Cook to Prince Charles when invited to dinner “I find I’m watching television that evening”


  11. 12
    I've pissed the bed again says:


    • 16
      Viscount Stansgate says:

      Get off my f’ucking land!!


      • 27
        Pickled Wizard says:

        I’ve heard that Tony Benn still wonders who the prepubescent twat he was forced to sit with, is


    • 33
      JabbaTheCat says:

      Ah, right, so that’s how you put distance from a compromising photograph?


    • 34
      Glyn H says:

      Random woman eh? Distancing yourself O little squawking one more like; desperate indeed.

      The BBC dug up both idiot savant rent a gob Giles Fraser and Brenda Dean yesterday on the Media Show. That’s really scrapping the barrel!


    • 52
      Your Friendly Neighbourhood Embarrassing Photos Retrieval Service says:

      John Wayne Gacy, notorious perv serial killer, who was, among other things, a local Democratic committeeman in suburban Chicago, was once photographed with Rosalind Carter, the then-First Lady:


    • 58
      Alvin Alarf says:

      If a man can be known by nothing els, then he maye bee known by his companions.

      1591, H. Smith


    • 63
      Fish says:

      I think young Owen has developed some sort of inadequacy syndrome, combined with a good dollop of narcissism. He spends all of his time in his bedroom giving it out, but as soon a someone puts him right he screams that he is being attacked, or patronised.

      He might want to reflect why it is, across politics, people laugh at him or characterise him as an adolescent. Perhaps it’s because he remains embarrassingly immature or terminally ignorant…or perhaps it’s just because he’s c.unt.


    • 79
      Witty topical moniker says:

      Will Owen be quieter once he’s back at school next week?


    • 120
      84? Wasn't contarception available freely? says:

      ‘once posed for a photo with me and Tony Benn’.

      I note the snobbery and selfishness there!
      It was ME and then Benn and then this 45 year-old, right Owen? As if she pushed in whilst you and Tony were planning to save the world.



    • 125
      Greychatter says:

      Full quote from Margaret Thatcher.
      – which the Left never use:

      “I think we’ve been through a period where too many people have been given to understand that if they have a problem, it’s the government’s job to cope with it. ‘I have a problem, I’ll get a grant.’ ‘I’m homeless, the government must house me.’ They’re casting their problem on society. And, you know, there is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women, and there are families. And no government can do anything except through people, and people must look to themselves first. It’s our duty to look after ourselves and then, also to look after our neighbour. People have got the entitlements too much in mind, without the obligations. There’s no such thing as entitlement, unless someone has first met an obligation.”

      Please note OWEN and all those with Socialist induced amnesia who weren’t born throughout those heady days of Arthur Scargill and union leaders creating havoc who were in the pay of the Soviet Union.


  12. 14
    Penfold says:

    How the f*** did that Marxist scumbag Barroso get on the list?

    Maggie would have had an abiding hatred of this ridiculous preening commissar.


    • 17
      Herman Achille Van Rompuy says:

      As we (The EU) are effectively paying for the funeral you have no say in the matter.

      That is all.


      • 40
        Penfold says:

        Just remember what happened to Nicolae and Elena.

        No that, for a reminder, was people power, after they got well pissed orff.


    • 65
      Anonymous says:

      They’re old friends from when Mrs T signed the Single European Act


    • 88
      Political Guru says:

      It was probably decided that it would be unwise to leave the boss off the corporate guest list.


  13. 18
    Jimmy says:

    “Lord and Lady Lloyd Webber”


  14. 19
    Sophie says:

    Lets hope that its an opportunity for a “working funeral” a la Yes Prime Minister and so the leaders get to thrash out their North Korea differences


  15. 20
    Hammond's Lilliputian penis says:

    Jeremy Clarkson? Classy.


  16. 23
    Snotgobbler says:

    Barroso? Are they taking the piss?!?!


  17. 24
    pleb says:

    Portillo has a wife !!!!!


  18. 30
    Robert Pitt says:

    The only embarrassing one there is the twat Archer!


  19. 31

    There will be some odd names turning up, perhaps even odder, if they really turn up on the day.


  20. 38
    Champayne Socialist says:

    Fredrick Forsyth but not Bruce?

    Good game. Good game. NOT!


    • 104
      Just Saying says:

      He is a surprising choice being a Socialist. But there again he spent years attacking Blair and got so little thanks from Labour for it.
      On top of which he is a very nice bloke.


      • 117
        Edna in Clapham says:

        Forsyth is not a socialist and never has been; he’s a eurosceptic Tory and always has been.

        He did, however, spend a short while at the BBC in the 60s, but they didn’t manage to convert him.


  21. 41
    OnBenefits says:

    I’m surprised Geoffrey Howe won’t be there.


  22. 47
    99% says:

    rolf harris going?
    perhaps he can do an elton john and sing 2 little boys during the service. It was her fave song you know.


    • 57
      OnBenefits says:

      Leon Brittan
      Michael Portillo
      Peter Lilley
      Peter Bottomley

      And in spirit:
      Peter Morrison


      • 68
        Fish says:

        ‘…And in spirit:
        Peter Morrison’

        I see what you did there!

        Peter was one man who they would never let within 5 miles of a crematorium for fear of a major explosion and huge loss of life.


      • 105
        Daily Mirror non fan. says:

        But is Virginia going? And what about that salmonella egg person with the nice legs?


    • 59
      Anonymous says:

      It is rather unfortunate that we may never know why it was that Lady Thatcher invited the well-known DJ, Sir Jimmy S@vile, to Christmas lunch at Chequers on a large number of occasions.
      At face value, they don’t seem to be the kind of people who would be personal friends.


  23. 50
    Jimmy says:

    Is it true that her former cabinet ministers are to be walled into the tomb?


  24. 51
    OnBenefits says:

    It’s going to be interesting to see if the BBC play the Wizard of Oz song if it’s number one on Sunday.


  25. 62
    The man at the back with the awful jumper - yes you sir says:

    Mercifully they haven’t dragged up Elton John to sing some ghastly maudlin song. ‘Goodbye, Maggie T, though ah never – noo yoo ad all…’


  26. 64
    Anonymous says:

    How much is Blair demanding to attend?

    What about Murdoch? Is he going? Or will he ask for two seats for Guido to attend (Guido, you are looking a bit like Tom Watson… )


  27. 66
    S.B.S. says:

    Clarkson there so can drive Mark Thatcher there so not to get lost.


  28. 71

    Heseltine will probably storm out in the middle of the funeral service.


  29. 73
    The man at the back with the awful jumper - yes you sir says:

    ‘The Leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition’ – does that mean no-one can remember Ed’s name? Or that they expect him to be gone by next Wednesday?


  30. 75
    Witty topical moniker says:

    “Prime Minister Harper of Canada”

    Ah, the token proper Conservative.


  31. 82
    Armchair viewer says:

    Will there be a firework party.
    Could be split, friendly evening before or after;
    other will leave that to them to decide.

    Guess “traditional guido” will blow a building up.


    • 107
      Not so Hidden Agenda says:

      They might later put on a spit roast? I can think of quite a few victims for the spit.


  32. 84
    devonblokes says:

    Why nobody from the Falklands?


  33. 85
    Anonymous says:



  34. 86
  35. 87
    Dave A says:

    There should be another list drawn up of all those people who cannot extend basic respect to a towering political figure whether they agreed with her or not. In return I think I shall follow their lead in a modest way and open a bottle or two each time someone on that list drops off their perch


  36. 89
    Jimmy says:

    I take it anyone involved in Yewtree has been nixed?


  37. 90
    Virgin Queen says:

    Interesting that one of the left’s biggest issues is that Maggie didn’t support Nelson Mandela – but he is sending a representative to her funeral


    • 92
      Jimmy says:

      Yes but just to make sure.


    • 108
      President Zuma arooma says:

      Yes, and it won’t be me as I am too busy.


    • 118
      Afrikaan says:

      Thatcher’s Government was instrumental in getting Mandela released.
      F.W. de Clerk was pushed by the British Ambassador to release Mandela – he asked what Britain would offer in return and Maggie and Douglas Hurd said they would lift sanctions on investment in South Africa if NM was released.


      • 131
        Jimmy says:

        “Last week, I met one of the greatest men alive: Nelson Mandela. I don’t suppose many Observer readers would dispute the idea that he has a huge amount to teach us. But some might find such an attitude odd coming from a Conservative. I would say the opposite: the mistakes my party made in the past with respect to relations with the ANC and sanctions on South Africa make it all the more important to listen now.
        The fact that there is so much to celebrate in the new South Africa is not in spite of Mandela and the ANC, it is because of them – and we Tories should say so clearly today, whatever views might have been expressed in the past.”

        [butch: observer 27/8/06]


  38. 93
    Gordon's Clunking Fist says:

    I’m not on the list for my principled non-appearance in parliament yesterday or most other days.


  39. 94
    The man at the back with the awful jumper - yes you sir says:

    There are 2 kinds of people – those who think Margaret Thatcher is divisive, and those who don’t.


  40. 111
    tory boys never grow up says:

    More interesting who isn’t on the list – all of whom have been upstaged by those icons of modern culture Clarkson, Webber and Archer. No Murdoch, Rothermere, no Iain Dale ( I have a picture in my mind of him begging to be let in on the steps of St Pauls).


  41. 116
    Afrikaan says:

    Glad that F.W. de Clerk is attending – he was a good ‘un who enabled a peaceful transition to majority rule.


  42. 121
    King Krug says:

    I wonder how many other jail birds there will be attending, all back to mine afterwards ok.


  43. 126
    Belmarsh Guvnor says:

    That Lord Archer should be inside.


  44. 142
    Anonymous says:

    Shame, Jimmy Saville would have liked a few photos of himself, and those he sucked up to.


  45. 143
    Anonymous says:



    • 147
      Unsubstantiated Media Source says:

      Was this not the very same Denis Thatcher (World War 2) German Military Coat which 2 Russian Billionaires (Oligarchs) were fighting over about 2 years ago ? From what I understand , the eBay Seller eventually turned down an offer of £250000 (Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Pounds) for it. Rumour even has it that one of the Competing Oligarchs was Boris Berezovsky , who recently died in the UK.


      • 148
        Cherie QC says:

        Nice work if you can get it. I would definitely not have sold it for £250k if I was the Lucky eBay Guy who owned it. The very same Rabid Capitalism which Maggie Thatcher so lavishly encouraged during her Divisive UK Premiership has now come back to viciously bite her in the Butt. THE SELLER IS NOT FOR TURNING !


  46. 145
    Nemesis says:

    All the self-serving brown-nosers will be there. I wonder why this farce isn’t done privately seeing as she was so keen to privatise everything else. A good PM unites a country but she divided it as nobody else has done before or after.


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