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Published:April 10th, 2013 11:44 EST

Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead! Brits Celebrate Death Of Margaret Thatcher: Video

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Upon the news of the conservative leader`s passing, many marked the occasion by tweeting,  `Ding Dong the Witch is Dead,` appropriating the refrain shouted out by the joyous, newly freed residents of the Yellow Brick Road in The Wizard of Oz. Taking it a step further, a campaign was launched to make the song -- sung by Judy Garland -- the top song on the various music sales charts in the UK."


Led by a Facebook page (which has been home to a contentious back and forth), the song has shot up to the top ten on the UK iTunes charts within 24 hours, and number two on the Amazon download chart."

Hollywood Reporter


When a person dies we develop selective amnesia forgetting the character flaws and misdeeds of the dearly departed, and remembering only his virtues.

When it`s a family member or friend who passes away, it`s all good because there`s no good to be served by dwelling on the dead person`s faults.

But when it`s a public personality who gives up the ghost, it`s imperative that we remember both the good and the bad: Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

In America the media are pi**ing all over themselves commemorating the life and death of Margaret Thatcher. It`s not just Fox News that is gushing over the legacy of Thatcher; even CNN and MSNBC`s coverage has been laudatory to the extreme.

Thatcher was the longest-serving British Prime Minister of the 20th century, she`s the only woman to have held the office and you can even argue that she rescued Britain from the verge of economic decline, but the poor didn`t fare so well under her reign.

Ironically the UK media have handled Thatcher`s legacy in a more balanced way. Thatcher wasn`t exactly the Wicked Witch, but the Iron Lady smashed trade unions, supported International dictators, and intervened in the Falkland Islands crisis.

When Thatcher`s funeral is televised in the UK I suspect there will be more folks singing "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead", than there will be bereaved souls singing hymns.

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