"When will you die?" asked Morrissey on the closing song on his debut solo album Viva Hate (1988), that was unapologetically titled "Margaret On The Guilliotine". He had to wait 25 years for the answer to his question, as the former British Prime Minister died from a stroke this morning, 87 years old. You can say a lot of things about Thatcher, but she was indeed both loved and hated. Her many controversial actions led to lots of songs by major British rock musicians who evidently looked forward to this day, heaping abuse upon her. And Morrissey certainly wasn't the only one. Elvis Costello sang "I'll stand on your grave and tramp the dirt down" in his song "Tramp The Dirt Down" and the members of Hefner will probably "dance and sing all night" if they are to live up to their promise in the song "The Day That Thatcher Dies". And in the song "The Day That Margaret Thatcher Dies" Pete Wylie prophesied that "She's gone, and nobody cries".
Now, alas, she really is gone, and I'm looking forward to comments from all the above and many more.