Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Friday, April 12, 2013

The politics of memory

While many people have been making a point of saying nice, or at least kind things about Margaret Thatcher, others have been working to point out how divisive she was as a political leader.

There's an organized attempt to get enough people to buy the song, "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead," so it will be played on the BBC radio Top 40 countdown.

Will anyone in Russia do anything similar when Gorbachev dies? Was there any protest when Mao Zedong died?

BBC to play Ding Dong in chart show despite anti-Thatcher Facebook push
THE Wicked Witch
BBC Radio 1 is planning to play "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead," the Wizard of Oz track being bought by anti-Thatcher protesters in the wake of the former prime minister's death, on its chart show on Sunday.

However, in what is thought to be a first for the BBC chart show, the corporation is considering having a Newsbeat reporter explain why a song from the 30s is charting to Radio 1's target audience of 16- to 24-year-olds – none of whom will remember Margaret Thatcher's controversial premiership…

The Official Charts Company said on Thursday morning that "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead" was on course to reach number four, up from 10 the previous day…

Radio 1 insiders said if the song does make it to the top five, there would be no reason not to play the track.

Lady Thatcher
However, it is understood The Official Chart Show presenter Jameela Jamil might have to invite a reporter from Radio 1's Newsbeat to explain to listeners why a track they are unlikely to be familiar with has charted.

"Among the 16- to 24-year-olds, a lot of people are saying they are not 100% sure who Thatcher is. Even though this seems extraordinary, they may not understand who that song would chart," said a BBC source…

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At 9:38 AM, Blogger Ken Wedding said...

Alan Carter writes from Oxford, "plenty of coverage of the impending funeral - I persist in my view that Mrs Thatcher essentially left the welfare state & National Health Service alone, ok, unemployment tripled to 3 million, but the safety net was not removed,
compare situation with now:


"'Con-Dem' coalition ending 'universalism' too - child subsidies now retricted to poorest ... "


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