During the 80s & early 90s we'd often joke about how we'd respond to the death of Margaret Thatcher. Street parties, fireworks, we mused; such was the level of personal antipathy to her as well as the policies she represented. I recall Elvis Costello bringing the house down at the Royal Court in 1989 when he performed "Tramp The Dirt Down", his own rumination on Thatcher's eventual demise.
As time moved on & politics entered the grey Major years, followed by the arrival of Blair, such thoughts faded. Until now. A State funeral will be held for Thatcher upon her death (http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2008/jul/14/past.margaretthatcher ).
I'm no fan of state funerals as a principle, but the prominence, & expense, given to Thatcher's will be a slap in the face to all those who suffered under her reign.