Petition to privatise Thatcher’s funeral more popular than on hanging


9:10 am - February 1st 2012

by Sunny Hundal    


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The online petition to privatise Margaret Thatcher’s funeral is officially more popular than the one launched by right-wingers to bring back hanging.

The number of signatories stands as follows

Thatcher state funeral to be privatised – 29,330 signatures

Restore Capital Punishment – 26,304 signatures

Doh! And the petition to retain the ban on capital punishment is still way ahead at 33,379 signatures.

Political Scrapbook pointed out yesterday that Paul Staines’ petition to bring back hanging will soon be struck off for lack of enough signatures.

Worse – the Guido Fawkes tried to promote their petition with an ad, and soon got slapped down by the Advertising Standards Authority.

I’ve not seen the ad surface since…

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I always thought that nothing sensible would come out of these e-petitions.

An excellent show of pettiness and childish point scoring. Perhaps the old saying is true. “Those that can, do, those that can’t, whine about it online.”

Reassuring that those who can be bothered to sign petitions are relatively sensible then – why Mrs Thatcher should have a state funeral is a mystery to me (and presumably everyone not involved in the decision), and clearly capital punishment is a bad idea (the state should not be allowed to kill its subjects).

All this shows is that there are more nasty, mean-minded left wing people than there are nasty, mean-minded right wing people. Who knew?

5. Chaise Guevara

@ 4 Flowerpower

Yes, because objecting to a load of money being arbitrarily spent on a specific dead person is equivalent to demanding that people be hanged by the neck until dead. Not to mention that it’s pretty clumsy to brand one as “left-wing” and the other as “right-wing”.

Grow up.

6. Chris Kitcher

But make sure that the cost comes out of the old bitches estate

Flowerpower,

All this shows is that there are more nasty, mean-minded left wing people than there are nasty, mean-minded right wing people. Who knew?

What the hell is left-wing about opposing unnecessary state funding on what is a blatantly political point of view of succcess, for all I support her achievements (now if Mrs Thatcher was a pauper, I could understand it, but she is not).

And what is right-wing about supporting the right of the state to kill its own subjects?

I’d say that both opposing state funerals (except for heads of state, and maybe their spouses, as they are effectively in the same job) and opposing the death penalty are good examples of right-wing liberal policies myself. After all, the right to kill subjects (normally called citizens in these cases) and the desire to glorify politically-correct past leaders strikes me as typical of the sort of big-state totalitarianism that is the opposite of almost all modern right-wing thought.

Right-wingers? That’s a sloppy generalisation.

Milton Friedman wanted to string them up did he?

People who believe in personal liberty generally don’t agree with the state taking lives, or conscripting people to murder others. You are confusing Authoritarians with Right Wingers my friend.

Of course, the reason that the Capital Punishment petition failed is that most libertarians, liberals and conservatives oppose it. See http://wikiminster.com/opinion/165-the-death-penalty-is-not-a-libertarian-value

10. Kismet Hardy

Have we established whether there’ll be a dancefloor?

This privatize Thatcher’s funeral is a GREAT idea! 🙂 And SO ironically consonant with her own principles! 😀

AND anyway, whatever political side of the fence we fall on – aren’t we all *supposed* to believe in, indeed worship, the idea of a “deficit” these days??

Get with the program!! If we can’t afford decent benefits for disabled people, we certainly shouldn’t be able to afford wasteful state funerals for barmy old bitches. Whether they were ever under the delusion that they were head of state, or otherwise.

🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

12. Chris Kitcher

On second thoughts why not just put the old bitch in a dustbin and let the privatised refuse collection service dispose of her?

Chaise @ 5:

“objecting to a load of money being arbitrarily spent on a specific dead person”

Judging by most of the threads I’ve seen on the topic (including one or two on this very site), most of the people supporting the petition were doing so in order to bash Thatcher, rather than out of a simple desire not to spend money unnecessarily. Which is a rather nasty, mean-minded thing to do, I think.

14. Man on Clapham Omnibus

A private hanging? I wonder how many evotes that would get?

15. Chaise Guevara

@ 13 XXX

Sure, but that doesn’t prove every signatory signed out of spite, does it? Flowerpower’s comment is stupid and self-serving in so many ways (aside from the above, it defines all of one group as lefties and all of the other group as righties just to let him bash the former, it uses support for hanging and disagreement with Thatcher’s funeral as complete definitions of spitefulness, it acts as if the number of people who signed each petition is somehow massively significant…)

He might as well have ignored the topic entirely and written “LEFT-WINGERS R CUNTS!!!111”. So I’m quite happy to criticise him.

Thatcher state funeral to be privatised – 29,330 signatures

Restore Capital Punishment – 26,304 signatures

These polls are quite similar really, punishing someone with the same crime they commited.

Perhaps people need to decide if fighting fire with fire is more important than settign a good examople.

17. Chris Kitcher

Better still why not satisfy both sets of voters and burn the old bitch at the stake.


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