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Thatcher's funeral: Britain's new opportunity for war propaganda and domestic repression

by Cem Ertür Friday, Apr. 12, 2013 at 4:23 AM

True to form, Britain's political establishment is preparing to use former British Prime Minister (1979-1990) Margaret Thatcher's funeral in London as a stage for imperialist war propaganda and domestic repression.


Thatcher's funeral: Britain's new opportunity for war propaganda and domestic repression

Propaganda alert

compiled by Cem Ertür

11 April 2013

True to form, Britain's political establishment is preparing to use former British Prime Minister (1979-1990) Margaret Thatcher's funeral in London as a stage for imperialist war propaganda and domestic repression.

London Evening Standard, 10 April 2013


excerpts from:  Falklands guard of honour will carry Margaret Thatcher on final journey to St Paul's

by Joe Murphy, London Evening Standard, 10 April 2013

[Former British Prime Minister Baroness Margaret] Thatcher’s coffin will be carried by the Service personnel from the naval ships, army regiments and air stations who fought in the Falklands War. For her final journey, a 10-strong bearer party is being chosen from the valiant units whose bravery enabled her greatest triumph at No 10 (*). It will include the Paras [i.e. paratroopers] whose men fought the battle of Goose Green and the final assault on Port Stanley, the Royal Navy which formed the task force of 127 ships, the Royal Marines who led the landings at Bluff Cove, plus the RAF [Royal Air Force] who gave air support and the Scots Guards who fought the battle for Mount Tumbledown. [...]  More than 700 members of the Armed Forces will take part in the funeral, with troops lining the streets and three military bands performing. [...]

[In a speech at the British Parliament, Labour Party leader Ed Miliband said Mrs Thatcher] understood the aspiration of people and was right to defend the Falklands and help to bring the Cold War to an end. [...]

In other developments, officials reportedly floated the idea of renaming the Falklands capital Port Margaret in her honour. Downing Street [i.e. British government] said it was up to the islanders to decide. [London Mayor] Boris Johnson and Defence Secretary Philip Hammond backed calls for a memorial in London.

(*)  Mrs Margaret Thatcher was Britain's Prime Minister during the Falklands (Malvinas) War of April-June 1982.


Daily Star, 10 April 2013


excerpts from:  £10m Security for Maggie

by Paul Robins, Daily Star, 10 April 2013

[Former British Prime Minister] Margaret Thatcher’s funeral will be protected by a £10 million ring of steel after haters rioted in the streets after her death. Armed police will line the procession route from Westminster to St Paul’s Cathedral in London to stop crazed protesters wrecking the Iron Lady’s big send-off.

There will be snipers on rooftops and undercover [police] agents in the crowds as Scotland Yard [police force] pulls out all the stops for next Wednesday’s event.

The massive police operation – called [Operation] True Blue – has been set up after all-night “Thatcher hate parties” brought chaos to the streets of Britain.


From the archives:

Rousing welcome: Mrs Thatcher is surrounded by troops on a visit to Goose Green [in East Falkland]
in January 1983, where the Parachute Regiment [of the British Army] had secured a crucial victory s
even months earlier.  (Daily Mail, 14 June 2012)

Speech in Port Stanley (Falklands)

[speech delivered by British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in Port Stanley, Falkland (Malvinas) Islands, 10 January 1983]

Margaret Thatcher Foundation website

U.S. President George Bush, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and NATO
Secretary General Manfred Wörner hold a joint press conference four days after
Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, White House, Washington DC, 6 August 1990

Press Conference ending visit to US

[press conference by British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher four days after Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, Andrews Air Force Base, Washington D.C., 6 August 1990]

Margaret Thatcher Foundation website


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