Baroness Thatcher was loathed and despised just as much as she was loved and adored. If one side of the argument can respect the other, then that at least is half the battle. I might find the parties celebrating her death to be in poor and sickening taste, though people in this country are afforded the freedom to carry out such acts.
The reactions and tributes to Margaret Thatcher's death have illustrated the way in which modern conservatives have emptied the words 'freedom' and 'liberty' of all meaning and import. If (wo)man is judged by the company (s)he keeps, then Thatcher must be judged a champion of despotism and dictatorship, not of freedom or liberty.
As the nation awaits next month's Hollywood version of her life, it gives us another chance to re-write that obituary which has been lying on every editor's desk since 22 November 1990, when the chorus 'Maggie Maggie Maggie, Out Out Out' was sung not by a bunch of pinko anarchists, but her best mates in the cabinet.