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To: Department for Culture Media & Sport

No taxpayer funding for 'Margaret Thatcher Memorial Museum & Library'.

Update Feb 2015: At the moment the Thatcher museum is due to be funded by private backers, without the use of public funds. Read more here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-22141238

No taxpayer funding for 'Margaret Thatcher Memorial Museum & Library'.

Dear Minister,
Please do not give the go-ahead for the proposed museum and library in honour of the late Margaret Thatcher. The Prime Minister, David Cameron, appears to have given this £15 million proposal his backing.
Given that we are living through a period of extreme austerity, and that there is talk of various museums having to close, I feel it is most disingenuous to assume the taxpayer is happy to fund a proposed £15 million edifice in her name.
The Prime Minister and his government must appreciate that the late Margaret Thatcher was an exceedingly divisive person who has not been warmly received in recent history by the population as a whole.

Why is this important?

The National Media Museum in Bradford, the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester and the National Railway Museum in York have all been cited for potential closure or reduction, due to the drive for cost-cutting and economic stability. These museums are all, in each their own way, edifices of collective history, and centres of education for our children. They have proved their worth over many years, and all have combined education and entertainment in a most satisfactory way.

Contrast them with this proposal, at this time, for what would be a mausoleum for one woman who cast a large shadow over Britain whilst she was empowered to act on British citizen's behalf. And then consider whether you wish to subscribe to it.

I do accept that she had many adherents and indeed worshipers, as her state-funded funeral displayed; although the notion of the state paying for this multi-millionaire's funeral was again not universally held as correct and virtuous.
Many of her worshipers and acolytes would assume she did great things for the British nation. But this is by no means a universal view, and therefore should not be universally funded. If her followers wish to have this 'Margaret Thatcher Museum and Library', then they should pay for it out of their own pockets. Fifteen million pounds (and the rest....) of tax-payer's money cannot be thus spent, when austerity measures are forcing people into abject poverty largely due to no fault of their own.

The notion of having such a museum or mausoleum in London is redolent of what North Korea would offer in PyongYang; and then make compulsory for school-children to visit as part of their 'education'. This is nothing more than brainwashing, and it would be sad to see it happening here.
Instead, all papers, objects and ephemera relating to Margaret Thatcher should rightfully be kept in a University Library for historical and political reference.
But if Margaret Thatcher's supporters wish for something more than that, they ought to fund and erect this museum themselves, and let history decide upon Margaret Thatcher's virtues or vices.
Do not make it state funded.

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Reasons for signing

  • Divisive figure, sold all our assets abroad, smashed working people and paved the way for New Labour and Cameron / Gidiot who further wrecked Britain and sold our country out for the benefit of international capital.
  • This woman caused so much devastation to families/communities & then covered up for all these paedophile MP's
  • Because our libraries and museums around the country are struggling to stay open. The money should be spent on them.

Updates

2015-03-10 21:33:26 +0000

I do not suppose the correspondent below actually signed the petition, but I would like to thank all those who have..

2015-03-10 21:30:44 +0000

A correspondent sent me this e-mail, apropos of this campaign:
“Why are you whipping up a foam-spittled, hysterical, anti-Thatcher hate frenzy about something no-one ever said was going to happen and for which you have zero evidence is going to happen?
The organisers say they are 100% privately funded. The government has never said they will give a penny of taxpayers money. Yet you have written to protest against state funding for which you provide no evidence.
You are a fraud and a liar"

2015-02-07 10:14:34 +0000

50,000 signatures reached

2013-11-21 16:49:40 +0000

The fight is on once more.
Do not assume the public purse will not be paying for this mausoleum to this most divisive woman.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/margaret-thatcher/10007828/David-Cameron-gives-backing-to-15million-Thatcher-museum.html

2013-11-14 11:02:34 +0000

Among the comments are links to sites wherein one might read that the Torys deny that taxpayers' money will be used to fund this vanity propagandist project.
They may well say that. Can we believe David Cameron?
Take the 'Emirates' cable car over the Thames; Boris Johnson stated that there would be no public funding for that vanity project, yet we ended up footing a substantial part of the bill.
Therefore I would not put it past him to resurrect this project, when he feels he needs a rallying call to the torys, and I would not be surprised if he tipped the coins from the public purse to pay for it. .
....... So, I say this:
"No taxpayer funding for Margaret Thatcher Museum and Library"
And since David Cameron is my servant, he had better listen; to me and to the 21,000 (and rising!) others who say this, and wish to keep this petition as a testament to the public's opposition to any funding of it.

2013-11-13 11:58:51 +0000

20,000 signatures reached