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Belfast PBP Meeting 17/04/13: How Do We Kill Thatcherism in the 21st Century?
Wednesday, 17 April, 2013 - 18:00
How Do We Kill Thatcherism in the 21st Century? Grosvenor House Glengall Street,Wednesday 17th April at 7pm. People Before Profit Public Meeting Speakers ; Eamonn McCann-Socialist Activist Fiona Mc Causland-Community worker Tommy Mc Kearney-Author of Provisionals-From Insurrection to Parliament It has widely been said in the past couple of days that response to Thatcher's death has reflected her divisiveness back in the 1980s. But what she did was to give strident expression to the existing class divide with a view to widening it further. Reaction to her death has reflected the division between the rich and the rest of us. The panegyrics on the one hand and street parties on the other sketched the map of contemporary not historical capitalist society. There’s nothing nostalgic about the way Thatcher is still hated by our class while posh boys and the financial parasites continue to harbour a soft spot for her hard heart. Thatcher’s stone hearted indifference to human suffering in her reaction to mass unemployment was brought to bear on the Irish Republican hunger strikers in 1981. The attempt to criminalize Republican prisoners had been begun by the Labour Government in 1976, but Thatcher pursued it with a vengeance. Even after Bobby Sands was elected MP in the middle of his strike Thatcher persisted in the manifestly absurd claim that he was merely a common criminal. Those who gathered in celebration in Liverpool, Glasgow, Brixton, at Free Derry Corner ,Belfast etc. on Monday night weren't looking back, but looking around them. Although Thatcher is gone, the ideas she espoused-bailouts for the rich and attacks on working class and poor people are very much alive and kicking. On the day of Thatcher's funeral this meeting will discuss how we can put the final nail in the coffin of Thatcherism.