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Montreal Simon: Margaret Thatcher and the Con War on Unions

I know why they called her the Iron Lady. May she rust in peace. I know why she's the patron saint of Stephen Harper's Con regime.I know why she waged war on the miners of BritainSo she could smash the unions and Thatcherize her country, like the Cons would Harperize this one.But who knew that ghastly right-wing monster was prepared to use the army? Read more »

Alberta Diary: Stephen Harper to Canada: ‘It’s not my fault! Now shut up and vote for me’

Trying to change the channel: Unfortunately for Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the remote seems to have disappeared under a pillow and the movie stuck on the TV screen stars Mike Duffy, shown above moving toward the Telus Convention Centre in Calgary Friday night. Actual Canadian Senators may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Andrew Nikiforuk and David Suzuki.

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So it all comes down to this, then? It’s not my fault. Now shut up and vote for me!

What else can we take away from Stephen Harper’s first campaign speech of the 2015 election season, made to the nervously shuffling (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Thatcherism: A grand, failed economic experiment

By: Andrew Jackson | Broadbent Institute Admirers and detractors of Margaret Thatcher can agree that she will be remembered as one of the key political architects of our times. Along with her soulmate, U.S. President Ronald Reagan, she broke decisively with the post-war Keynesian welfare state and ushered in the still-enduring age [...]

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The Canadian Progressive: Stephen Harper takes partisan politics abroad

Harper’s government reacts with overwrought rage when other Canadian politicians express opinions outside Canada. So which way is it? By: Tim Harper | Toronto Star, Published on Fri Apr 19 2013: OTTAWA — Stephen Harper was representing Canada at the funeral of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in London this week. Was [...]

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drive-by planet: Billy Bragg on why he became a socialist

One of the main reasons Billy Bragg became a socialist was Margaret Thatcher. She inspired many to take up the fight against the policies that have been wrecking Britain.

Billy Bragg was a front line activist during the Thatcher years. In 1985 he formed Red Wedge – a musician’s alliance that promoted socialist views and encouraged youth participation in the political process. After Thatcher’s 1987 return to power, Bragg joined Charter 88 that was committed to reform in the British political system. 

Billy talks about the path he took during the Thatcher years:

And as a singer-songwriter who had

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Alberta Diary: Advice for Tom Mulcair and Justin Trudeau: Hammer Stephen Harper on the economy

The neoliberal Harper economy at work: a Toronto street scene, last week. Below: Thomas Mulcair, Justin Trudeau, Stephen Harper and Margaret Thatcher.

Here’s some free advice for a couple of would-be Canadian prime ministers who are both in the news these days, the NDP’s Tom Mulcair and the Liberals’ Justin Trudeau: Hammer Prime Minister Stephen Harper on the economy.

Both of them were with their party faithful yesterday – Mr. Mulcair at the final day of the NDP’s policy convention in Montreal and Mr. Trudeau at his coronation as Liberal leader in the evening in Ottawa. Either of them, it (Read more…) said here, has the potential to form the next government of Canada if the planets line up the right way.

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Montreal Simon: Ding Dong the People’s Song and the Progressive Hero

Well it didn't make it to the number one position on this week's music charts. Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead has failed to reach the number one spot in the music charts. The Wizard of Oz song, which has been at the centre of an online campaign by opponents of Baroness Thatcher, reached number two after selling 52,605 copies.And the BBC did chicken out.But number two is still extraordinary for a 74-year-old song. And somewhere the spirit of the man who wrote it is chuckling tonight. Read more »

LeDaro: Appropriate Eulogy by the dedicated fans of Margaret Thatcher

H/t: Lorne.

Politics and its Discontents: Appeasement at the BBC

Whenever I travel, especially when a Canadian television station is not available, I tend to tune into the BBC, which generally practises the kind of hard-hitting journalism that the CBC was once known for, before embarking upon a policy of trying to appease the right-wing. Sadly, that virus of appeasement now seems to have been caught by the British national broadcaster, reflected in its decision to air only a five-second clip of Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead, the song which, in the wake of Margaret Thatcher’s death, is likely to rise to number three on Sunday, in time for

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Alberta Diary: Wicked Witch war of words: ‘Has Thatcher bashing crossed a line?’ Well, er… no!

The Wicked Witch of the West from the Wizard of Oz. Below, Ezra Levant in an orange wig with a can of Orange Crush mocks Jack Layton’s funeral. RIP or give it a rest?

Oh my – quelle horreur! – naughty Britons still appalled by the depredations visited upon their country by Margaret Thatcher’s government have shocked and appalled the world by pushing “Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead!” to the top of the charts.

In case you missed it, the former British prime minister, who was in office from 1979 to 1990, died on Monday at 87. But (Read more…) took until yesterday for the song from the Wizard of Oz – an apt metaphor itself for the operational side of neocon governments everywhere – to mischievously reach No. 1 on the British Broadcasting Corp.’s weekly music chart.

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drive-by planet: Iron Lady? Rust in peace: Thatcher was a disaster for the UK

Following the death of former British PM, Margaret Thatcher, more than a few people in the UK took it to the streets. Champagne bottles popped and smiles lit up the faces of street revelers ecstatic to see the last of Thatcher. A lively street party took place in Brixton where protesters once rioted against Thatcher’s hated poll tax. On the Falls Road in Belfast, N. Ireland, republican tricolors were front and center as the celebrations got underway. A touch of local wit was on display on a wall where someone had daubed the words: “Iron Lady? Rust in peace.”  

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The Disaffected Lib: Margaret Thatcher Breaks Into #3 Spot on British Pop Charts

It’s currently behind something called “Need U (100%)” by Duke Dumont and A*M*E at No. 1 and P!nk feat. Nate Ruess’ “Just Give Me A Reason” at No. 2.

But “Ding Dong, the Witch is Dead” from The Wizard of Oz, is currently selling 2,000 copies a day online in the U.K., propelling it to a third place on Brit pop charts. 

Meanwhile, Irish Central lambastes The New York Times for kissing Margaret Thatcher’s ass by sanitizing her true record in power.

Montreal Simon: Margaret Thatcher Even Worse Than I Remembered

I wasn't planning to write another post about the late Margaret Thatcher.But now that I see that the Cons in Britain are planning to give her a lavish funeral. Even though most Britons are outraged.Crippled by savage Tory cuts, ordinary Brits are furious at forking out £10million for the funeral of a woman who shattered many of their communities all those years ago and left them a legacy of despair. And that if you plan to protest the police want your name. I'm starting to get the horrible feeling that my heartfelt obit didn't do her justice eh?Read more »

The Ranting Canadian: Brian Mulroney is going to be part of Canada’s official…

Brian Mulroney is going to be part of Canada’s official gaggle of groupies at Maggie Thatcher’s Bukkake party on April 17, 2013 in London, England.

Yes, that Mulroney; the disgraced former prime minister who took bribes, defrauded Canadians of millions of dollars, cheated on his taxes and resigned under a cloud of corruption (not necessarily in that order). Stephen Harper, Canada’s disgraced current prime minister, is the shithead who invited him for the free ride.

No doubt the dishonourable John “Angry” Baird will be there too. He met Thatcher once, and even named his cat after her. What a pussy!

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Trashy's World: To clarify…

… Something about my post yesterday about ex PM Thatcher’s death… I admired her as a leader of conviction, as a woman who was a trailblazer for female politicians everywhere, and as a savvy politician. I would say the first and last points about some other conservative pols, as well… like Reagan… BUT, this does [...]

Montreal Simon: The Ghastly Legacy of Margaret Thatcher

This time I waited until I was sure she was dead before I started celebrating eh?For I'll never forget the last time Margaret Thatcher's death was announced. And I was halfway through a bottle of cheap wine, until I realized it was only John Baird's pussy who had passed.But now ding dong she's really gone, and I'm making up for that bitter disappointment. Read more »

The Ranting Canadian: Alright, this is my last anti-Thatcher post of the night. Whew,…

Alright, this is my last anti-Thatcher post of the night. Whew, there sure are a lot of anti-Thatcher songs and videos out there, and I have only posted a fraction of them.

This song isn’t subtle at all. It gets straight to the point. It’s “Maggie” by the Edinburgh, Scotland punk band The Exploited (lyrics included).

Warning: If you don’t like swear words, particularly the “C” word, don’t click on the video.

The Ranting Canadian: This song against the recently deceased former British prime…

This song against the recently deceased former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher is “Oxford Lady” by the Manchester-based post-punk/New Wave band The Brigade. Lyrically, it’s a bit more subtle than most of the anti-Thatcher songs I posted, but that just means you have to listen a bit more closely.

As a bonus, here’s a link to another anti-Thatcher song by The Brigade, which they made in support of the British miners’ strike in the 1980s. The song title is “The Movement”.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=qNn9j6Ob4Zc

The Ranting Canadian: Here’s another non-music video about the horrid Margaret…

Here’s another non-music video about the horrid Margaret Thatcher. It’s a comedy sketch from the satirical puppet show Spitting Image. The premise is that Adolf Hitler didn’t really die at the end of World War II, and instead became Thatcher’s next door neighbour.

Enjoy.

The Ranting Canadian: This anti-Thatcher song is “We Rule OK” by the…

This anti-Thatcher song is “We Rule OK” by the working-class Oi! band The Last Resort. Some right-wingers try to claim this band as one of their own, but that is not accurate. The Last Resort are patriotic and pro-working class, not Conservatives or fascists. Here are the lyrics.

We Rule OK

The government policies are out of handThey ain’t got a clue how to run this landMargaret Thatcher the stupid old bitchTakes from the poor and gives to the rich

She thinks we can’t see her planTo kill the spirit of the working class manMake (Read more…)

The Ranting Canadian: http://www.reverbnation.com/attilathestockbroker/song/10941659-maggots-1-maggie-0-band-version

http://www.reverbnation.com/attilathestockbroker/song/10941659-maggots-1-maggie-0-band-version:

With this anti-Thatcher song, I was unable to find a video that played properly on my computer. I couldn’t resist posting a link to the audio file, because it’s my favourite song about Margaret Thatcher. After you click on the link, you’ll have to press “play” at the bottom of the screen.

“Maggots 1 – Maggie Nil” is by the talented, smart, funny and vastly underrated folk/punk musician and poet, Attila the Stockbroker. Look him up if you’ve never heard of him. He has had songs on some punk rock and Oi! compilations, and has released

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The Ranting Canadian: Faces of Evil This one isn’t a music video; it is chilling…

Faces of Evil

This one isn’t a music video; it is chilling old footage of Margaret Thatcher having afternoon tea with her close personal friend and political ally Augusto Pinochet, the murderous quasi-fascist dictator of Chile who overthrew a democratically elected government in a bloody coup.

Thatcher was an evil, evil, dirty politician, Hopefully her last few days on Earth were full of pain and suffering, as punishment for the pain and suffering she inflicted on millions of others.

Of the main 1980s proponents of Chicago School trickle-down capitalism — Milton Friedman, Pinochet, Ronald Reagan and Brian Mulroney —Thatcher is (Read more…)

The Ranting Canadian: My online anti-Thatcher celebration continues with a dancehall…

My online anti-Thatcher celebration continues with a dancehall reggae number by Macka B called “Get Rid of Maggie”.

Love her or hate her, one must agree that Baroness Thatcher was a horrible person who caused a lot of harm to the world. Her policies damaged her country and ruined many lives. If there is such thing as hell, she will be on top of the bonfire tonight!

The bitch is dead, but unfortunately her legacy lingers on, including in Canada. Billy Bragg says that instead of celebrating her death, we should engage in political activism. I say we do both!

The Ranting Canadian: Thatcher, out. A few decades too late, but better late than…

Thatcher, out.

A few decades too late, but better late than never.

This music video is a catchy ditty by the South London punk/soul band The Larks. The song is “Maggie Maggie Maggie (Out Out Out)”.

The Ranting Canadian: In grade 9 or 10 French class, we had an assignment to write a…

In grade 9 or 10 French class, we had an assignment to write a page of text in French and accompany it with some graphics. I chose to write about the French Revolution, and for the picture, I cut out magazine photos of Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan and Brian Mulroney and used them to represent the French aristocrats getting their heads cut off by guillotines. I learned much later that my teacher reported this to the vice-principal, concerned that I was disturbed and violent. She was way off base, and when the vice-principal contacted my parents, they told him so.

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