The Irony of the Iron Lady: why people turned their backs at Margaret Thatcher’s funeral

According to my dictionary, Irony is defined as an “incongruity between actual circumstances and the normal, appropriate, or expected result.” Incongruity, yes. Incongruity between what is said, and what actually happens. Incongruity between the public face of an event, and what lies behind it. A kind of opposition between appearance and reality. It is also interesting to note that it is rooted in the Greek word for dissembling, meaning to conceal or disguise one’s true motives, to lie or to deceive. That’s exactly it. In the period following Margaret Thatcher’s demise, and leading up to her funeral, the ironies have been heavy … Continue reading The Irony of the Iron Lady: why people turned their backs at Margaret Thatcher’s funeral

The Spirit of ’45

I went to see the premiere of Ken Loach’s new film, The Spirit of ’45 at the Gulbenkian Theatre in Canterbury. Half of Whitstable was there. In case you haven’t heard about it, it’s a celebration of the achievements of the 1945 Labour government, done as a series of interviews with people who had seen the pre-war world and knew what the alternative would be. It has taken me a couple of weeks to absorb its message. This was a very different Labour government than those we have seen in recent times. In six dizzying, triumphant years the Labour Party laid the … Continue reading The Spirit of ’45