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Anti-Thatcher 'Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead' song tops charts


When the munchkins sang "Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead" in the classic Wizard of Oz movie, they never expected the words and music would be used in a campaign against former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher just days after her death.

The Guardian newspaper reports Wednesday morning that the song is number 10 in the British pop charts and is "on course to be one of the top three sellers by the end of the week."

The song's new-found popularity comes in the wake of a  Facebook campaign called "Make Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead number one the week Thatcher dies."

Reuters quoted a spokeswoman from Britain's Official Charts Company confirming that  "the surge in sales follows a campaign to get the track to Number 1 ... following the death of Margaret Thatcher." 

While tributes continue to come in from around the world for the "Iron Lady," it is clear her legacy continues to dominate and divide her country.

The website Entertainmentwise reports that  in South London the words to the song were plastered across the front of Brixton cinema "while crowds drank alcohol and chanted the song's lyrics in the streets."

British media have also taken note that music had always been used to bash the Conservative leader who ruled Britain for more than a decade.

Huffington Post  U.K. posted a list of the "top ten best anti-Thatcher songs" including the  Punk band Crass that blasted her role in the Falkands War with a song called "How Does It Feel To Be The Mother Of A Thousand Dead?"   and Elvis Costello whose lyrcis  included these words: "When they finally put you in the ground I'll stand on your grave and tramp the dirt down."

Canadians also got a taste of the antipathy towards Thatcher among some U.K. artists.

Singer songwriter Billy Bragg, who is currently on a Canadian tour,  told  CBC"s As It happens inspired him to write some of his best music --  "none of them love songs."

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Julian Sher is a foreign affairs and investigative journalist for the Star and can be reached at [email protected] and on Twitter at @juliansher 


A man makes his way past graffiti on a wall in Londonderry, northern Ireland on April 9. (REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton)


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The left are simply savages. This is further proof.

And the right never says anything bad about Pierre Trudeau? Spare me the sanctimonious claptrap Makr.

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