“Ding dong the witch is dead” reached number 2 in the BBC charts. Yet the BBC refuse to play it during their charts due to the fact that it has been purchased mainly in celebration of Margret Thatcher’s Death… and so the white washing continues.
This decision by the BBC is, in my opinion, completely unacceptable. I go back and forth on the issue of celebrating the death of Margret Thatcher. On the one hand she embodied an ideology, which I despise on a molecular level, however at the point of her death she was a woman in her 80s who couldn’t even remember her time in office.
But weather or not it is “polite” or “shows decorum” to listen to this song in celebration is irrelevant. The BCC is not supposed to act politically and in doing this they are acting politically, endorsing an ideology, which many love and many others hate. Some people are mourning like it was Diana others are celebrating like it was Hitler and many more are somewhere in the middle. The latter two have been accused of a “lacking respect” any time they open their mouths this past week.
The people who work on this show may have thought that they would have exempt themselves from any political hubbub, but it seems their wish has not been granted. This is an issue of free speech and if a branch of UK politics manages to get a song to number 2 in the charts it should be played in the charts show
Lets not forget the campaign against this song is coming from the conservative wing of the country (apart from Nigel Farage, who, to my surprise, believes the song should be played), most of whom despise any form of political correctness and think the Levinson report went to far.
The target audience of the charts show is 16-24 year olds. My age group. We have seen the fawning on the BBC. The “I disagreed with her but I respected her conviction’s” the “Britain wouldn’t be the same without hers” my generation deserves to hear the other side of the story and this is nothing more than a cover up.
The carts show is first and foremost a historical record. Its entertainment value is of secondary function. It is used to track shifts in our musical tastes and the rise and fall of superstars. When people look back on Thatcher’s legacy it is important to know that “ding dong the witch is dead” reached number 2 the week she died. It’s an important element of the way she was perceived. There has been a despicable white wash, a glorification of her legacy. People have been on the telly talking as if there isn’t a single person left who doesn’t agree with her ideas. It’s mental.
The BBC should do their job and just play the goddamn song. Regardless of if it shows decorum or is respectful or if it isn’t.