|Ding Dong in Trafalgar Square!|
"Conservative hostility towards the BBC was a constant theme in the Thatcher era. With her death there has been a fresh spike," read an editorial in The Guardian.
The BBC itself explains that BBC Radio "is planning to play Ding Dong the Witch is Dead, the Wizard of Oz track being bought by anti-Thatcher protesters in the wake of the former prime minister's death, on its chart show on Sunday.
"However, in what is thought to be a first for the BBC chart show, the corporation is considering having a Newsbeat reporter explain why a song from the 30s is charting to Radio 1's target audience of 16- to 24-year-olds – none of whom will remember Margaret Thatcher's controversial premiership.
"The Official Charts Company said on Thursday morning that Ding Dong the Witch is Dead was on course to reach number four, up from 10 the previous day."
The rise of "Ding Dong, The Witch Is Dead" on the UK chart began as a Facebook campaign. "Make Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead number one the week Thatcher dies," was launched on Monday. It asked people to download the song originally sung in the 1939 MGM movie, The Wizard of Oz.
Glenda Jackson, a star in her own right who left an Oscar-winning, major movie-star career to become the Labor MP in England's House of Commons, attacked the late Ms Thatcher as causing “heinous social, economic and spiritual damage” and further commented “The first Prime Minister of female gender, OK. But a woman? Not on my terms.” So much for only speaking good of the dead. (As another Oscar-winning actress, Bette Davis, once reputedly said of Joan Crawford: "My mother told me to only say good things of the dead. Joan Crawford's dead. Good." Ding dong!) By the way, I wonder if Meryl Streep -- who portrayed Prime Minister Thatcher in her Oscar-winning Iron Lady performance -- will ultimately be reached for comment.
The song has not charted on US radio, incidentally.
Below, a fabulous club remix by Jack2Monet, in case you care to join our friends in the UK in their celebration!