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  1. Sent to radio1.enquiries@bbc.co.uk

    Subject: Nation shall speak lies unto itself?


    I am utterly disgusted with the craven decision only to play a few seconds – if that – of the song “Ding! Dong! The Witch is Dead!” on the Radio One Chart Show.

    The rationalisation that it was “disrespectful” to Baroness Kestevan – which was her actual title, rather than “Baroness Thatcher” – is pathetic and paltry, as the dead plainly cannot be affected by anything one might say about them. It was a poor excuse for the putative Head of Radio One and the Head of Radio Programming having succumbed to political pressure from those who would cheerfully eulogise someone who, regardless of what one might think of her, was surely the most divisive Prime Minister of the 20th century.

    The BBC is not the Ministry of Truth. The BBC does not have the duty – or even the right – to limit what news is reported. It does not matter one iota that this song was revived this week because it was “featured in a Facebook campaign from 2007”, as that would simply not have been possible if only a few thousand people had mild or moderate antipathy towards that woman and her right-wing legacy. However much her supporters and hagiographers might pretend to the contrary, she was not universally loved or revered and the BBC will become increasingly ridiculous and irrelevant if it continues to pander to those politicians who would cheerfully censor the news.

    Succinctly, the song should be played in its entirety, whereupon it would be immediately obvious that it has nothing whatever to do with a recently dead stateswoman.

    Have you even read the lyrics?

    You may find them at http://www.stlyrics.com/lyrics/thewizardofoz/dingdongthewitchisdead.htm

    I rather doubt that you have bothered to read the lyrics, or you would surely have remembered “As Mayor of the Munchkin City, In the County of the Land of Oz…”.

    Just how do you suppose a fictitious land in L Frank Baum’s story might be related to the United Kingdom?

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