The one thing you have to admire in people is consistency, even when you disagree with them on other things. There was a shining example of same on TV a few days ago.
As you’ve probably noticed, there’s been some nervousness and even consternation in Tory ranks over the fact that the song “Ding, dong, the witch is dead” has been surging up the charts. “Lacking in respect” “Bad manners” “Tasteless” were the kind of words used to describe it. So should the BBC (especially) play it as part of their pop chart programme or should it, in the interests of respect/manners/taste, be omitted? Well, Auntie came up with the answer: they’d play about five seconds of it and then have a chap explain why it would be lacking in respect and the rest of it to play the whole thing.
And the consistency part? It came from a Conservative MP. In his thirties, I’d have said. Missed his name. But he said no, no, no - the song should be aired in full. Mrs Thatcher wouldn’t have gone down the BBC road. She believed in democracy and a core part of democracy is not to censor out stuff just because you don’t like it. The song mightn’t be complimentary to Mrs Thatcher but she’d have been the first to insist on its right to be aired.
That’s a tough stance to take but a consistent one. Have to hand it to Mrs Thatcher on that one, wouldn't you say?. ...What’s that? You’re an actor? So? ...And you used to make quite a good living. Glad to hear it. On the radio and TV. I see. As a voice-over for when anybody from Sinn Féin came on. Right. So why were you required to do this voice-over?... You’re kidding. Really? The whole party was censored from being heard? For SIX WHOLE YEARS? Geddoutahere! Whose bright idea was this? I mean, who were the government at the time?...I see. The Conservatives. Led by Margaret Thatcher, eh? Mmm. OK. Well, there you are now. Funny old world.