The news of Margaret Thatcher's death brought mournful comments from many of her devoted conservative fans... and hate from many of her liberal detractors.
The UK Telegraph reports that some senior politicians in the Labour Party have used the sad news to attack Thatcher's legacy and blame her for problems affecting Britain today. Such comments have prompted Ed Miliband, Labour's leader, to publicly discourage members of his own party from openly gloating about Thatcher's death.
Mr Miliband said she was "unique" but would always be a "controversial" figure who had "reshaped the politics of a whole generation".
"I send my deep condolences to Lady Thatcher's family, in particular Mark and Carol Thatcher," he said.
Tom Watson, Labour’s deputy chairman and a close ally of many union leaders, urged Left wing politicians to temper their rhetoric.
He said: “I hope that people on the left of politics respect a family in grief today.” ...
The warnings were intended to prevent any repeat of the row which broke out at last year’s TUC conference in Brighton when merchandise celebrating the prospect of Lady Thatcher’s death was on sale.
Delegates at the conference, attended by union leaders, Labour MPs and activists, could buy T-shirts for £10 boasting that the wearer would want to “dance on her grave” when Lady Thatcher died.
Additionally, the Daily Telegraph has been forced to close down its site's comment threads as Thatcher-haters jumped at the chance to diss the former Prime Minister and her conservative legacy:
We have closed comments on every #Thatcher story today - even our address to email tributes is filled with abuse— Tony Gallagher (@gallaghereditor) April 8, 2013