Even over her funeral Mrs. Thatcher continues to divide the nation. See pie chart from Survation/Mirror poll. twitter.com/MSmithsonPB/stâ€¦
— Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) April 11, 2013
If this polling is right Dave might have misread the public mood
According to newspaper reports this morning there’s been a huge row between Number 10 and the speaker, John Bercow, over Mrs. Thatcher. Bercow didn’t want the recall of parliament or the changing of the parliamentary time-table for next Wednesday – the day of the funeral.
In yesterday’s tribute debate Bercow quashed complaints about the manner of some of the anti-Maggie voices, particuarly after the speech by the mum of Dan Hodges, Glenda Jackson.
Yet it’s hard to see how Dave could do it in any other way. The right in his party is deeply suspicious of him in any case and it would have been a big political risk if he’d pushed for anything less than what is happening.
The response to another Survation question on the cost of the whole thing is also interesting.
â€œThe Thatcher family, rather than the taxpayer, should pay the bulk of the estimated Â£10million cost for Margaret Thatcherâ€™s ceremonial funeralâ€
All responders: Agree 57% Disagree 22% Neither 17% DK 5%
Let’s see what Friday and the weekend bring.
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