Latest assassination-porn target: Margaret Thatcher

Latest assassination-porn target: Margaret Thatcher

[Ed. – To think there was actually a time when the BBC had an aura of high standards and journalistic nobility about it.]

The Assassination Of Margaret Thatcher, by Booker Prize winning author Hilary Mantel, tells the story of a middle class housewife who unwittingly allows an IRA assassin into her home in order to carry out Thatcher’s assassination. It concludes with the rifleman taking aim, saying “rejoice … f***ing rejoice”. Dame Hilary has admitted that she was moved to write it after fantasising about killing Thatcher.

Yet the BBC has picked the book for its prestigious Book at Bedtime slot on Radio 4 – a decision that critics say highlights the “intrinsic and endemic” left wing bias at the BBC. Others have highlighted the insensitivity of the corporation in broadcasting the book whilst Thatcher’s family are still mourning her death, whilst former cabinet minister Lord Tebbit’s verdict was succinct: “It is a sick book from a sick mind and it’s being promoted by a sick broadcasting corporation.”

The book appears to be little more than a vehicle for Mantel to deliver a damning attack on the Iron Lady – in one passage she has her lead character rant “It’s the fake femininity I can’t stand, and the counterfeit voice. The way she boasts about her dad the grocer and what he taught her, but you know she would change it all if she could and be born to rich people.”

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