While the Police have said that although their role is not to ‘uphold respect’ for Thatcher at her funeral, they have said that they will ‘Fucking Nick’ anyone causing ‘distress, harassment or alarm’ under Section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986 (Thatcher’s own nasty Act) – an incredibly broad law, totally open to subjective interpretation and one widely regarded as a menace to free speech and the right to protest. It has been repeatedly abused by ‘over-zealous’ (read, cunty) coppers and prosecutors, to variously arrest gay rights campaigners, Christian street preachers, critics of Scientology and even students making jokes.
So even the act of simply turning your back on the hearse / gun-carriage could be deemed as ‘distressing’…Although I’m sure that won’t deter people from doing so. This is all very reminiscent of the death of another authoritarian pig in 2011, and perhaps tells us something about the supposed democracy that we all live in:-
‘Since Kim Jong Il’s death was announced on Monday, many people have marvelled at the mourning scenes featured on North Korean state television, made viral on the Internet: North Koreans prostrate, weeping, hitting the ground. Many have asked whether the anguish is genuine. How could citizens mourn the passing of a totalitarian, such a gross abuser of human rights?
The answer may be found in the human rights abuses themselves.
It is a lamentable characteristic of totalitarian regimes that they often demand acts of deceit from those they oppress. Often it is a matter of simple survival. Those who hate the regime are obliged to demonstrate patriotism. To fail is to risk persecution.‘
This is probably how our current lords and masters would prefer us to behave on Wednesday:-
THE RICH ARE OUR MISFORTUNE.