Well we all know that opinions on Thatcher are divided but there has been a lot of talk regarding how we behave after someone has died and, if we did not like the person, that we are nonetheless expected to guard our tongues.
This reminds me of a funeral I attended in France for a good client of mine who was disliked by a lot of people in the village.
Firstly I remarked that the church was packed not only with his family and friends but also his sworn enemies.
When it got to the eulogy our local priest stood up and for 25 minutes talked about not just the good but also how horrible this man could be. Words used included spiteful, rude and cruel.
Afterwards I asked him why he spent so much time on the negative when we are always taught to respect the dead.
He replied that eulogies reflect a person's life and that providing the speaker tells the truth, there is nothing wrong in being honest
No one else to whom I spoke found this shocking (his friends included) but I left the funeral feeling uncomfortable.
I am, as I write this, watching iTele and they are talking about the reaction to Thatcher's death and their surprise that The Witch is Dead has reached No 1 on the iTunes download chart and celebration parties are being held. Both presenters find it shocking that people are being so vocal.
It may that they have never lived under the rule of a divisive leader so cannot understand?
But it certainly got me thinking about what is acceptable post-death behaviour. I was not a Thatcher fan and voted against her. I will go so far as to say I despised the woman. But I am not going to be dancing in the streets and apart from posting a couple of particularly funny Spitting Image sketches have pretty much 'gardée ma langue'
What do you think?