Salford rap collective Class Actions have rush re-released their M is 4 Maggie track to coincide with the old despot's funeral today. The video for the track, first released a couple of years ago, features pictures of battered miners, interspersed with the sound of laughing Tories in the House of Commons, and the rap…
`Thank you very much and what you did for me, there's no such thing as society. Greed is good because of you, here's my tribute to the lady in blue.'
"Margaret Thatcher, was always my definition of evil" says Class Actions Aslan AK "She encouraged greed, had no compassion whatsoever and aimed to destroy all working class communities. My mother was from Barnsley and my grandparents were active in the miners' strike, so I for one grew up knowing what destruction she had caused.
"Lyrically I view this as the best song I'll ever write and it's also very personal to me considering my own family heritage" he adds "I hope one day society becomes free of all the selfishness and cut throat ideals she preached. Let us not forget that Maggie is the Godmother of today's financial crisis and subsequent government cuts. I certainly won't be shedding any tears for her."
Mike F, Class Actions' producer adds: "It is with relief more than any other emotion to hear of Margaret Thatcher's passing. A figurehead and orchestrator of the ideologies of the greedy and dispassionate, her legacy haunts us today as much as ever.
"The song is one of my favourites with, Aslan's words sarcastically mocking her policies and ideas which tore communities to shreds" he adds "It is with no sorrow to know she is now gone and may we always fight against these self-serving leaders who destroy our societies."
Class Actions, working on the principle Thatcher herself loathed - 'each according to his ability, each according to his need' - have produced a free copy of M Is 4 Maggie, downloadable from their website www.classactionsuk.com or people can buy it for 79p from iTunes (click here)
See previous Salford Star article on the death of Thatcher – click here
See review of the Class Actions led compilation album for Hillsborough victims - click here
HENRY BOLLINGTON wrote at 12:06:33 on 24 April 2013
I am sorry she is dead .
I would have preferred her to be burnt alive tied to a stake .
Bernard Brough wrote at 09:44:03 on 24 April 2013
Are you kidding Blue? I'm marvelous, handsome, intelliigent, talented. I just have thsi mad notion that if somebody was bad when they were breathing what diference should it make if they are daed?
blueliam wrote at 06:53:12 on 24 April 2013
Already said once Im not a tory Bernard.
But I am bored of all your useless bile, must suck to despise your very own existence and harbor such hatred for a dead old woman.
Bernard Brough wrote at 15:37:42 on 22 April 2013
Great retort Blue, typical thick headed tory.
Bernard Brough wrote at 07:29:08 on 21 April 2013
A dark age? She created a dark age where only greed & how much money you were worth was all that counted. A working man or woman voting tory is like turkeys voting for Christmas. I lived through the 70s & 80s & trust me when I say that for all the problems suffered then not much has changed except unemployment is at levels we would have thought impossible before Thatcher. Ii have no bitterness just righteous indignation toward somebody who was eith evil or stupid, two human flaws tha I happen to despise.
blueliam wrote at 07:28:53 on 21 April 2013
Aslan AK wrote at 10:41:33 on 20 April 2013
@Blue Liam, hahaha! what an original joke, go back to school mate. Clearly you need to learn a bit about Thatcherism. The whole coal saga was nothing to do with energy underneath it, it was just an excuse to break one of the most powerful unions. My mum was from Barnsley and Maggie destroyed the place. Today's UK politicians are all products of Thatcherism and the leadership of the Labour party did not do enough to resist her at the time and nothing to turn back Thatcherism. Do you seriously believe increasing the gap between rich and poor was taking the country out of the 'Dark Ages'? Is 'greed is good' really progress? Come on ......
Aslan AK wrote at 10:40:34 on 20 April 2013
@Blue Liam, btw all that is happening in the world today is largely a consequence of Thatcherism. Can you really dispute that? She may be dead but her evil, greed-loving policies are alive and well. Are you one of those muppets who blame the Muslims for everything? Do some research.
blueliam wrote at 08:09:15 on 20 April 2013
And another thing. Look at whats happening in the world today and you say Margaret Thatcher is your definition of evil. Open your eyes Aslan or get back in your wardrobe.
The Lion, the witch and your wardrobe.
Rightwingerandproud wrote at 08:08:38 on 20 April 2013
Lots of bitterness here. You not aware bitterness is what keeps you in your bandages peeps. Have an open heart and mind, and life will love you back. x
PS, Salford bred. Drove thru Wilmslow 3 times. xx
blueliam wrote at 08:07:51 on 20 April 2013
No Aslan AK, not a tory. Just a city fan who can step back and see the big picture. Her methods may have been flawed but her intentions were to bring our country out of the dark ages.
She was hated for the seeds she sowed but someone had to do it, could you see todays politicians doing the same? No. Atleast she had backbone and balls.
Do you really think the coal mines would still be up and running today or the leccy and gas board. The world has changed since she was in power and she could see it before it happened. I wasnt a fan but I still show respect. Go have your "witch is dead" party, when you sober up you may realise that your shit still stinks and you havnt changed a god dam thing.
Bernard Brough wrote at 21:09:40 on 19 April 2013
Unfortuunately the stupid, evil bitch didn't let local authorities spend the capital reciepts on building more social housing causing the crisis we have now. Yet another one of her numerous fuck ups.
Aslan AK wrote at 21:09:21 on 19 April 2013
@Maggies grandaughter, The best councils in the UK were Liverpool & Lambeth who resisted Thatcherism. The 'Right To Buy' policy lead to a housing shortage and was a big con. Mortgages replaced rents! Please get ur facts right. Any working class person who voted for her is a scab, pure and simple.
Maggies grandaughter is well fit wrote at 18:24:18 on 19 April 2013
Maybe Rightwingerandproud is one of the many ordinary people who benefited from the right to buy, one of Thatchers great policys enabling millions to own a home of their own and not be subject to control of dickheads that run authoritys like Salford?
Gav Roche wrote at 10:51:48 on 19 April 2013
I feel no sorrow for the demise of the Wicked Witch.
Only anger at the desecration and destruction caused by Thatcherism .
Bernard Brough wrote at 10:51:44 on 19 April 2013
Just wondering what part of Wilmslow Rightwingerand proud lives in.
Aslan AK wrote at 09:43:08 on 19 April 2013
@Rightwingerandproud, how is that the case? What did she ever do for Salford?
Rightwingerandproud wrote at 07:39:26 on 19 April 2013
RIP Margaret. You were also well loved by the discerning Salford public.
Aslan AK wrote at 09:49:27 on 18 April 2013
@Dawne, thanks so much for all your support & those ace photos you did the other week. I really wish I'd met the legendary Ken Keating, R.I.P. It means a lot to Class Actions that it's ur fav track of all time.
Aslan AK wrote at 09:49:10 on 18 April 2013
@Blueliam lol! So ur a Tory then?
blueliam wrote at 06:24:17 on 18 April 2013
Paddy hates Maggie wrote at 14:37:58 on 17 April 2013
Nice one Dawne, couldn't have put it better. Love the way they take her most infamous speech and tear it 2 shreds. Thatcher rust in peace lol!
Kenmckelvey wrote at 14:37:54 on 17 April 2013
She was not bad she was SEPTIC she closed Salford down Pits Steel Docks manufacturing. Hospitals.you name it she closed it even the shops that went with Gas Electric etc She was an excellent servant for the tax dodging wealthy class for the working she was a disaster.Labour created the welfare state she created welfare dependancy.
David Hendrix wrote at 14:37:35 on 17 April 2013
Fantastic! A reflection of the thoughts of real people rather than the guff being spouted on media.
Check out similar sentiments: http://www.theironlady.com/
Michael Felse wrote at 14:37:06 on 17 April 2013
RIP - If there's no such thing as society we must all carry that blame. We must work together with Salford Labour to change the wrongs in society. Forgive does not mean to forget but to accept a responsibility to help improve the community where we live.
MaggieMaggieMaggie...DeadDeadDead wrote at 10:48:51 on 17 April 2013
Class song...you can never silence the truth, sick lyrics too. Maggie tried to destroy the working class but we're still here, while Maggie T's burning in........
Class Warrior wrote at 10:48:32 on 17 April 2013
Well said Dawne .
Ken is well loved and will never be forgotton .
celticbhoy1988 wrote at 10:48:21 on 17 April 2013
Thank god she's dead! this a great tune... Love these guys true legends of UK political rap.
Dawne Sheldrick Keating wrote at 09:16:24 on 17 April 2013
i grew up in the Thatcher years and also know first hand what she did for the working class........
This song by Class actions is my favourite tune of all time....I so wish my father Ken Keating had lived to hear it.........on behalf of him I am Proud to say Thank you guys.....you could not of put into words about her any better than this......... Whats the point of British Coal, when you can put a nation out there on the dole.........