Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Maggie’s Final Journey

The Cathedral bells ring half-muffled as the hearse leaves from the bottom of the West Steps of the Cathedral for The Royal Hospital Chelsea…

Images of the Day

Flowers thrown into the path of Maggie’s gun carriage as it passed through the streets of London. Office workers watching from their windows shout “get a job” at a very small number of protesters below. There was one awkward reunion inside St Paul’s:

Thatcher’s granddaughter Amanda gives a steely reading. A chip off the old block:

An emotional George Osborne:

A stunning aerial shot of St Paul’s (via Sky):

Watch the beginning of the service here:

Dave and SamCam Arrive at St Paul’s

Dave dressed for the occasion in his morning suit, SamCam goes for a pussybow Maggie tribute…

Maggie Leaves Parliament For the Last Time

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Thatcher’s Coffin Rests in Crypt Chapel

Via BBC

Maggie Comes Home to Westminster

Pimlico Plumbers Do Maggie Proud

Well Guido knows who he will be calling next time water is coming through the cellar wall.

Prezza Attacks Tony and Gordon for Thatcher Funeral

Powerful stuff from John Prescott in his Sunday Mirror column where he frothed about Maggie one last time. Prezza went off on one about the Tories hijacking her funeral:

“Even in death, she is spinning from her grave. She claimed she never wanted a state funeral, but she planned to give herself the same ceremonial one as the Queen Mother. And her “children”, the out-of-touch Tory Boys Cameron and Osborne, are getting YOU to foot the £10million bill for the biggest political propaganda exercise this country has ever seen. This is what “Operation True Blue” is about. It’s not a remembrance. It’s a rebrand.”

So what does he have to say about the news that the full funeral plan, including scale and therefore price-tag, was signed off by both Tony Blair (who Prezza was Deputy to) and Gordon Brown? The biggest political propaganda exercise this country has ever seen” – devised under his Labour government. 

More Names Added to Thatcher Funeral List

Prince Pavlos and Princess Marie-Chantal of the Hellenes.
Mr & Mrs Dick Cheney
Lord Patten of Barnes
Ross Perot
Sir Malcolm Rifkind 
John Sargeant
Dr Henry Kissinger
Sir David and Lady Tang
Lord David Trimble 

Baroness Trumpington
Sir Menzies Campbell
Lord Sebastian Coe
Lord Tony Hall 

Peter Lilley
Raymond Monbiot 

Sir Alex Allan
Lord Beaverbrook
Baroness Boothroyd
Baroness Bottomley

Thatcher Death Certificate

For the record…

UPDATE: A doctor writes:

I am surprised that the certificate has been accepted by the registrar. I suspect that there is a transcription error – if Baroness Thatcher had a stroke it is a cerebrovascular accident not a “Cardio Vascular Accident”.  This kind of error can hold up funerals and cremations causing distress to the family. When I were a lad the coroner did not like to see “cerebrovascular accident” because the term “accident” raised unnecessary questions in lay people. This may have changed, nevertheless I am interested by Dr Powell-Brett’s use of the term “Cardio Vascular Accident”. I wonder if anyone will pick up the embarrassing transcription error or will they all keep quiet?

Seen Elsewhere

Inside an Islamist Takeover Plot School | Newsnight
Ed Heads to Scotland | Sun
Assad’s New Chemical Weapon Attacks | National Review
Jason Groves New Mail Deputy Pol Ed | MediaGuido
Cocaine Conservatives | Standard
Jezza Browne Responds to LibDem Haters | LibDem Voice
Why Britain Needs to Leave the EU | Douglas Carswell
Who Tells Ed When He’s Wrong? | Speccie
Hands Off Our Cojones, Mr Clegg | Laura Perrins
London Live Averaging Just 2,400 Viewers | Forbes
Ed’s Constitutional Failure | ConHome


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Dan Hodges on Team Miliband:

“‘Poisonous’, was the picture painted by one former senior advisor. ‘Dysfunctional,’ said one shadow cabinet member. ‘A bunch of medieval courtiers, not an office,’ said another. The most positive description I could get was ‘It’s a work in progress. They’re learning. Slowly. But they are learning.’”



Nick Clegg says:

Do you want lies with that?


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