£10 million for this?


Roses are red

Maggie was blue

now she is dead

they're having a do.


They're airbrushing history

re-writing the past

Big Ben's falling silent

the flag's at half mast.


In a time of austerity

they've money to burn

for the pomp of her funeral

but the lesson we've learned


is they secretly know

she's not loved by the nation

her grave wouldn't be safe


so they plumped for cremation.



◄ The Day We Elected...

Give him a grid reference, for the love of god. ►


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steve pottinger

Sun 23rd Jun 2013 20:56

Thanks for the kind words, Simon.

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Simon Marks

Fri 21st Jun 2013 14:20

Tremendous stuff - enjoying discovering your work, if not the figures for that woman's funeral!

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winston plowes

Mon 29th Apr 2013 22:05

An also within all this political debate there is a really tight clever little poem that gets its point across. Well done Steve

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M.C. Newberry

Sat 20th Apr 2013 15:03

Steve - so much emphasis has emerged from certain quarters about the expense of this event that it seemed financially viable to make comparisons. I'm surprised someone hasn't made something of "money to burn" and her cremation!!

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Yvonne Brunton

Fri 19th Apr 2013 00:24

How much of the £10 million was for protecting our monarch who attended the funeral?
Ps - enjoyed the poem and the observation at the end.

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steve pottinger

Fri 19th Apr 2013 00:24

Blimey. M.C. I hadn't realised the whole charade was a tawdry marketing gimmick.

Has anyone told the Daily Mail? They won't be happy...

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Tommy Carroll

Thu 18th Apr 2013 23:25

@Julian: what good things (plural mind)did she do?

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John Coopey

Thu 18th Apr 2013 21:34

Enjoyed this, Steve.
As a democrat (albeit left-of-centre) I have difficulty with the fact that we elected her 3 times.
It would be a mistake to assume the constituency of we poet-y types reflects the constituency of the nation.

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Julian (Admin)

Thu 18th Apr 2013 16:57

Me too, Steve. I had not thought of that, the cremation bit. I don't want to speak ill of the dead but I do object to this hijacking of her funeral by desperate Toryboys, and particularly the cost in a time of austerity and cuts in benefits and obscenities such as the bedroom tax.
I do believe she did some good things (shock horror!) but unfortunately warmed to her theme. And how the hell can you have s state funeral for a corrupt prime minister who used her office to curry financial favours for her son (I believe one deal earned him £10m, ironically. He should have been arrested on his arrival and made to pay for this lot himself. Instead the Tory press are now touting her granddaughter (we have become a granddaughter) as Maggie's possible dynastic heir, because she read nicely in church. It's like something out of Life of Brian.

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M.C. Newberry

Thu 18th Apr 2013 15:09

Ten million - against the billions she secured from the EEC/EC/EU in rebates. Not a bad deal..and they loved it beyond these shores -from whence comes our reputation and income.
Her funeral was a "sale" in marketing terms!

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Tommy Carroll

Thu 18th Apr 2013 11:12

funny-love it tommy

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