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Thatcher's funeral plans stir passions.

Byline: ROBERT SUTCLIFFE News Reporter robert.sutcliffe@examiner.co.uk

A PS10 MILLION funeral for a grocer's daughter was always going to invite trouble.

And that's a view shared in Huddersfield on the eve of Margaret Thatcher's gilt-edged goodbye in the splendour of the capital tomorrow.

The funeral will see protests and parties the length and breadth of the country.

The Bishop of Grantham, the birthplace, of the UK's most controversial Prime Minister, has claimed that the scale of the event is likely to play into the hands of extremists.

Dr Tim Ellis spoke out as police prepare for a potential security nightmare in London with alerts ranging from ageing miners and anarchist groups to Irish radicals.

In Huddersfield, David Helliwell of Unison, said he would be placing a bunch of flowers at Harold Wilson's statue in front of the town's railway station.

He said: "On the day of the pompous and prodigal funeral of a greatly overrated Prime Minister, this is a simple and respectful tribute to a greatly underrated Prime Minister who sowed the seeds of equality, fairness and compassion in our country and whose crucial contributions are not acknowledged, even by his own party."

Andy Mycock, Reader in Politics at the University of Huddersfield, said: "It's going to be a fascinating few days.

"She was a dynamic mix of the personal and ideological, an extremely contentious politician.

"Her death has certainly reopened old wounds.

She will be remembered more for what she dismantled rather than what she built."

To her opponents Baroness Thatcher was one of the most vilified women while alive and her death has only reignited the flames of hatred - an incredible feat given that her heyday was in the 1980s, some three decades ago.

What is even more astonishing is the level of antipathy directed towards her from people who were not even born when she was in power.

Although it's all too easy to imagine the open wounds from miners in South Yorkshire who saw their communities desecrated it's not quite so easy to understand today's teenagers jumping on the rage bandwagon.

But Peter Woodcock, lecturer in politics at Huddersfield University, said: "It doesn't surprise me in the slightest. It was a common theme in the 1980s - the dance on her grave.

"They felt that she was anti a whole way of life."

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