Ken Loach is a legendary British filmmaker and television director. He is known for producing dramatic stuff like “Kes”, “Poor Cow” and “My Name is Joe”. His films are famous for their working class perspective.
Loach, in the week following the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, issued a statement which expressed his views regarding the so-far-the-only-and-the-first woman premiere of the country. He said, “Margaret Thatcher was the most divisive and destructive Prime Minister of modern times. Mass Unemployment, factory closures, communities destroyed -- this is her legacy.”
Thatcher had a controversial personality because of her uncompromising political policies. Ever since she passed away, a considerable amount of people have held parties in order to celebrate her death. Ken Loach might not have attended one of those ‘good riddance’ festivities but he is also among those who will forever dislike and condemn The Iron Lady’s legacy.
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During her rule from 1979-1990, she ‘steamrolled’ Britain’s labor unions and privatized several state-owned companies, consequently making life miserable for the working class of the country. Loach slammed Thatcher by mentioning all of her failings as the premiere of Britain and ended his statement with the following meme-worthy line:
“How should we honor her? Let's privatize her funeral. Put it out to competitive tender and accept the cheapest bid. It's what she would have wanted.”
And shortly after Ken Loach’s statement directed towards Thatcher’s privatization policies, news emerged that The Iron Lady’s funeral on Wednesday would cost around 10 million pounds ($15.4 million). People are of the opinion that the taxpayers’ money should not be used for the memorial service since the idea of holding a grand ceremony is unwise and unnecessary.
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Turns out, Loach’s prediction about a privatized funeral is coming true. If (and if) the service is to be funded by the working class’ taxes, it is sure to cause further outrage and possibly even more slamming comments from Ken Loach. It may even lead to protests and demonstrations on the day of the funeral.
Do you agree with the filmmaker’s statement? Do you think Margaret Thatcher would have wanted her funeral to be a ‘privatized’ affair? You can share your views in the comments section.