Only the British bourgeoisie could so appropriate the writings of the radical past that they look ironic. The Womens Institute and a host of other middle of the road and establishment organisations are prone to belting out William Blake’s great revolutionary poem Jerusalem. Now Thatcher wants words of the early socialist writer John Bunyan sung at her funeral. Bunyan and Blake stood with every fibre of their being against the values of capitalism and exploitation and human inequality and greed. Both inspired the early formation of the trade unions and kept the radical traditions that stretched back into the fourteenth century burning alive in their own day. Now they burn alive in our own day with Thatcher giving their determination a world stage for us.
For the importance of Bunyan and the early working class see E P Thompson’s The Making of the English Working Class. For Blake’s great anti capitalist missioin see David Erdman Prophet Against Empire. Ironically in celebrating unto her death the ‘victory’ over socialism, Thatcher ignorantly conjures up a revolutionary socialist to fill St Paul’s. Thanks for the plug Maggie.