I envy the Tories. They live in a comforting black-and-white world full of neat dichotomies. Something is either good or bad – no room for those pesky doubts that plague the rest of human kind.
At the same time, Cameron’s decisions leave me apprehensive about his ability to lead the country. It no longer matters that he never lived in the real world so things like minimum wage or inflation rate or unemployment figures are just meaningless numbers. It’s even beyond the fact that while he used to happily claim DLA for his son, he is now cutting it for other people.
During the English riots in 2011, London was burning, people were dying and the unrest was spreading across the country. It’s a classic definition of national emergency yet he delayed recalling the Parliament.
After Thatcher’s death, he immediately returned from his official visit discussing the future of the European Union even though there was absolutely nothing he could do. The Parliament was recalled almost immediately so that MPs could pay their tributes.
The official tributes seem to be a bit hypocritical considering that it was the Tory party that removed Thatcher after she refused to back off on the poll tax issue. The tributes are either meaningless clichés, turn her vices into virtues or pass them off as delightful quirks.
It did not occur to Cameron that some MPs might not share his view. Cry for your leader and don’t you dare say anything against her or you will end up in jail as a precaution.
I understand the sentiment behind Thatcher death parties – it is a long awaited release for many people. They want to show their emotions. Then there are Facebook campaigns. Thanks to one of them the suddenly irreverent Ding Dong charted at number two and BBC was censored (only a five-second clip was played). In the meantime, Michael Hargreaves, the singer of the previously obscure Notsensibles, started a campaign to get his song, I love Margaret Thatcher, to the top place instead. To me, this song is not a tribute. At least, not in the usual sense of the word even if you take it at face value and allow for his apparent attraction. Hargreaves himself was quoted as saying:
“I find it hilarious that Tories have adopted it. The song is a sort-of tribute and sort-of not.”
Trust the Tories to misunderstand something entirely and to take it out of context. Hargreaves and co will be laughing all the way to the bank (the song entered the chart at the 35th place) and good for them – Maggie would have approved their opportunism and initiative.
They say it’s times of austerity. Since it started we had two royal weddings, the Olympic Games and now Thatcher’s funeral estimated at £8m. It is hard for me to watch all the money being spent when we keep being told we cannot afford the basics. How different is it from the stereotypical benefit scrounger: all sky telly and pub trips while the kids are going hungry?