Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Don't Hate Donate - Be the Society that Thatcher said did not exist

This is the best response I think to the death and funeral of former Tory Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher.  Hat tip Don't Hate Donate

"What are we doing?

Margaret Thatcher has died. We want to take the moment when our country is remembering her legacy, to remember the people her government hurt - people who don’t get pull-out supplements in national newspapers. People who don’t get ceremonial funerals in St Paul's Cathedral. The people her apologists forget, or want to forget.

Margaret Thatcher's last years were spent coping with dementia, a terrible illness. If, like us, you were disgusted by how she treated the least well off in Britain and around the world, the old line about not wishing something on your worst enemies still applies. We can’t help but think it’s pretty lousy to celebrate or gloat over anyone’s suffering and death and we don’t want anyone else to do it either.

We just want to place front and centre people who had no place in the Thatcherite worldview. And we want to do that in a way that can actually do some good. You can help us by donating to the excellent charities we have chosen to represent a fraction of them – the homeless, miners’ families, gay teenagers, Hillsborough survivors and South African victims of the Apartheid regime.
Nothing is stopping you doing more or taking the spirit of the Don’t Hate, Donate campaign in your own direction. Thank you so much for your support!

The Charities

  • Hillsborough Justice campaign

    Hillsborough Justice campaign

    Supporting the fight for justice for the 96 victims of the disaster.
    Find out more and donate here
  • Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign

    The Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign - seeking truth and justice for all miners victimised by the police at the Orgreave Coking Plant, South Yorkshire, on June 18th 1984.
    Sign the petition here
  • Child Poverty Action Group

    Child Poverty Action Group

    We want a society where all children can enjoy their childhoods and have fair chances in life to reach their full potential. We campaign and lobby to make this a reality, and maximise family incomes through our welfare rights work, publications and training.
    Find out more and donate here
  • Stonewall


    Stonewall was founded in 1989 by a small group of women and men who had been active in the struggle against Section 28 of the Local Government Act.
    Section 28 was an offensive piece of legislation designed to prevent the so-called 'promotion' of homosexuality in schools; as well as stigmatising gay people it also galvanised the gay community.
    Find out more and donate here
  • Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation

    Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation

    CISWO is a National Charity which has a focus on the key role of delivering community and personal welfare services within mining and former mining communities.
    Find out more and donate here
  • The International Center for Transitional Justice

    The International Center for Transitional Justice

    South Africa’s experience confronting the legacies of apartheid has played a significant role in the development of the transitional justice field. However, accountability for many issues has yet to be achieved. ICTJ works there to support victims’ rights and challenge impunity for perpetrators.
    Find out more and donate here
  • Tutu Foundation UK

    Tutu Foundation UK

    The Tutu Foundation UK builds peace in fractured communities in the UK using a model inspired by Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s peace and reconciliation work all over the world. To successfully tackle the anti-social behaviour and violence in our communities, underlying attitudes and behaviours must first be addressed in order to build a lasting peace.
    Find out more and donate here
  • Shelter


    Shelter believes everyone should have a home. Our work won’t stop until there’s a home for everyone.
    Find out more and donate here


Anonymous said...

Thatcher liberated the working class. She let the working class buy their own home. She told them you can make someone of yourself.

The privatisation shares were given to the 'little people'. She wanted to uplift 'little people'.

The unions and labour don't like people doing well. They want everyone to be "equal" and poor.

If Thatcher was wrong, why was Peter Mandelson trying to flog off Royal Mail?

The 80s job losses were painful, but Britain had been subsidising loss-making businesses. I wonder how much of this was down to the damage by militant unions. In Germany, there is unity between bosses and workers. In the UK, unions tend to use offensive and inflammatory language, which divides and causes internal divisions. But the union leaders like to exploit divisions and keep subscriptions high.

I don't think there is much of a future in the UK, especially with Cameron/Osborne. When Labour get back in power. Ed Milliband won't be able to fend off the extreme-left or the unions. We are doomed.

John Gray said...

Hi anon

She let a small part of the working class buy their homes, now up to 40% of Council RTBL properties are rented out by landlords, often to Councils housing temporary rents at £1000's per month.

The Unions and Labour want everyone to be equal and rich. Why is it the more equal societies are usually the most richest?

Royal Mail - 2 wrongs don't make one right

In Germany there is unity "and respect" between unions and workers. They have meaningful worker representation on company boards, the difference between the lowest paid and the highest paid is far lower than UK.

Why are you so ignorant that you think the UK unions are always to blame but UK management are perfect?

Like I said in the other post you ought to learn some independence and firmness of mind and not just be dependent on the Daily Mail for your prejudices.