The death of Margaret Thatcher has apparently not soothed the savage impulses of some of her bitterest critics.
Soon after the 87-year-old former Conservative Prime Minister passed away, British musician Morrissey, who came to fame in the 1980s as the lead singer of The Smiths, blasted Thatcher
"Thatcher is remembered as The Iron Lady only because she possessed completely negative traits such as persistent stubbornness and a determined refusal to listen to others," Morrissey wrote in an essay posted on the Daily Beast website.
He added: "Every move she made was charged by negativity; she destroyed the British manufacturing industry, she hated the [coal] miners, she hated the arts, she hated the Irish Freedom Fighters [Irish Republican Army] and allowed them to die, she hated the English poor and did nothing at all to help them, she hated Greenpeace and environmental protectionists, she was the only European political leader who opposed a ban on the ivory trade, she had no wit and no warmth and even her own cabinet booted her out."
But Morrissey was just getting warmed up, saying she was “barbaric” rather than made of “iron.”
“She hated feminists even though it was largely due to the progression of the women's movement that the British people allowed themselves to accept that a prime minister could actually be female,” he thundered.
“But because of Thatcher, there will never again be another woman in power in British politics, and rather than opening that particular door for other women, she closed it.”
Morrissey added that Thatcher will only be fondly remembered by “sentimentalists” while the majority of British working people have forgotten her already.
“As a matter of recorded fact, Thatcher was a terror without an atom of humanity,” he concluded.
Such sentiments are hardly a surprise given Morrissey long-term distaste for not only Thatcher, but other instruments of the British establishment, including and especially the Royal Family, whom he has lambasted as “useless.”
Ironically, Morrissey and Thatcher are forever tied by history – his epoch-making group, The Smiths, lasted from 1979 to 1990 – the exact reign that Thatcher had at Number 10 Downing Street.
His first solo album, Viva Hate, released in 1988, included a ditty called "Margaret on the Guillotine,” which included the lyrics: “Margaret on the guillotine. … When will you die? When will you die?”
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