Ding-Dong The Witch Is Dead
A man locked his wife in their garden shed after she sang "ding dong the witch is dead" when her mother-in-law died, a court
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Ernie Harburg is the son of the late Yip Harburg - the lyricist of "DIng Dong! The Witch Is Dead" (and all the songs in the "Wizard Of Oz") - and President of the Yip Harburg Foundation. He has released a statement passed on through Ian Baldry, the creator of the facebook campaign to make the track number one.
Last Wednesday, a grotesque large-scale picture of Margaret Thatcher appeared. Coloured purple with blank eyes, skulls for earrings and a thread of drool leaking from the mouth, it stood three metres tall against a background of flames. Next to it, in huge, carefully scripted letters, were the words "ROT IN HELL!! MAGGIE".
I am deeply disturbed by the volume of misogynistic vitriol being spouted by certain members of the British public in the wake of Margaret Thatcher's death. What disturbs me the most is not that people are aggressively disagreeing with her politics, but that people are genuinely rejoicing at the death of another person - a mother and a grandmother.
Regardless if the song is played or not, the organisers of this protest have truly missed a trick. On researching the song, I came across something that would truly have wound up the old Thatcherites as they go about their weekly routine of religiously tuning in to the Radio 1 Official Chart Show.
Margaret Thatcher knew her politics were divisive but I can't imagine that even she would have been aware that her death
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On Monday lunchtime, as soon as the news broke of Mrs Thatcher's death, I text my husband and I simply put... "Ding Dong
'Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead' has failed to reach number one, after an online campaign by opponents of late former prime