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"Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead" Soars In UK Charts Post Thatcher Death

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04/10/2013 12:44 am
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Clare Sidoti

Staff Writer

Love her or loathe her but the late British Prime Minister, Baroness Margaret Thatcher certainly knew how to provoke a reaction from her constituents and this is continuing even in death.

The news on Monday 8th April that the ‘Iron Lady’ had died following a stroke was met with a mixed reaction across the UK. From people rushing to sign books of condolences in her hometown of Grantham to street parties in Brixton, South-West London, it is hard to escape the outpouring of emotion. Now it appears there’s a new way to express your feelings about Margaret Thatcher.

Since the news came through “Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead”  has been quoted a number of times and now the 1939 song from The Wizard of Oz has re-entered and soared in the UK iTunes charts. At the time of writing this, it sits comfortably at No. 2 and a Facebook campaign has been revitalised in the hope of pushing it to number 1 by the end of the week. The group, Make “Ding dong the witch is dead” number 1 the week Thatcher dies, was created in 2007 and currently has almost 4,600 members. According to a report in The Guardian, by Monday afternoon there were at least three groups “soliciting readers to purchase” the single on iTunes or Amazon. While the Judy Garland film version is the leading contender for the number 1 spot, The Guardian states that campaigners are championing the Ella Fitzgerald version, which has also re-entered the iTunes chart at number 189 at the time of writing.

Not surprising, not everyone has applauded the campaign. The Daily Dot quotes a post on the Facebook group that says:

“How would YOU feel if someone described your dead mother/father/sister/brother as a ‘witch’ and campaigned to have a pseudo derogatory song get to the top of a public purchase list in light of their death? If you are fine with that, carry on and all the best of luck, but just to let you know, some people, regardless of ‘horrid’ you think she was, are related to her, are grieving for her and actively cared about her”.

It will be interesting to see if there’s enough support for the campaign to topple current single’s chart leader Duke Dumont with “Need U (100%)”.

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