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Thatcher death sparks Facebook campaign for Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead

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Margaret Thatcher’s death has sparked a Facebook campaign to mark the event by getting a "tribute" song to number one. The ditty chosen is the gleeful number from the Wizard of Oz: 'Ding, Dong The Witch Is Dead', an indication of the degree of reverence that some feel for the most divisive Premier in the UK’s political history.

The campaign has selected the Ella Fitgerald version of the song, as the Judy Garland version from the film is too short to qualify for the charts. The Facebook group has been awaiting the event, well, eagerly seems a little harsh, but since 2007. The morning after Thatcher’s death, the song was at 27 in the iTunes chart and rising. Those radio stations that play the top 30 might face the most embarrassing dilemma since the Sex Pistols’ 'God Save The Queen' topped the charts during the Silver Jubilee.

Other anti-Thatcher songs have been revived by the ex-Premier’s death. Respect MP George Galloway’s immediate response was to tweet the words "Tramp the dirt down", a reference to the Elvis Costello song. The scathing lyric features the refrain: "When they finally put you in the ground, I’ll stand on your grave and tramp the dirt down." Costello will be disappointed that Thatcher is being cremated, but his song is rising up the charts.

Other pop star reactions were more deferential. Harry Styles confirmed that One Direction are conformist sycophants eager not to alienate the parents of their middle-class fanbase by tweeting "RIP Baroness Thatcher" accompanied by a rather alarming kiss. Geri Halliwell, a pop star who has always been oblivious to irony, tweeted: "Thinking of our 1st Lady of girl power, Margaret Thatcher, a greengrocer's daughter who taught me any thing is possible...x."

Morrissey, who recorded a song called 'Margaret On The Guillotine' on his debut solo album, was predictably less generous. "Thatcher was a terror without an atom of humanity," he wrote on his blog.

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