For readers in the rest of the world there has been a wee bit of a furore in the UK over whether the BBC should play Ding Dong the Witch is Dead on their chart show.
The song from the Wizard of Oz has risen in the British charts this week. This is not due to the strength of the pink pound and a gushing admiration for Judy Garland but rather to the death of Margaret Thatcher. Infantile progressives are purchasing this as a show of defiance over the death of a woman of 87 who has been out of power for decades and who suffered from Altzheimers in her later years.
There have been statements to the effect that to play this song would be an insult to Margaret Thatcher. They are right, it is intended as a deliberate insult, mainly from people who were not born when Mrs Thatcher was in power, to someone who cannot answer them back.
If you live in a free society one of the prices you pay is that people with whom you disagree are allowed to say things which you dislike or even find offensive. The BBC should play this trite song from 1939 no matter how gratuitously offensive many people find the reasons for its re-emergence because as a society we believe in freedom, something progressives find troublesome.
History will remember Margaret Thatcher best for the part she played with that other hate figure Ronald Reagan in the collapse of soviet communism, one of the most evil, dictatorial systems of human enslavement yet devised. We should remember that and not be pushed into replicating, no matter how marginally, the left’s intolerance of dissent.
The song should also be played because it demonstrates, as do many of the outpourings of this last week, the sheer infantile nastiness of progressives. To so many of them simple human decency is a strange and alien concept.
We should show them how grown ups behave.