Monday former UK PM Margaret Thatcher died. After the initial outpouring of grief and overblown tributes to her the mood in the UK shifted. There were some honest reports of personal experiences but some hate-filled views expressed. The old saying, as you sow, so shall you reap,sprang to mind. The angry mood has led to security concerns for the funeral next week which will be a fancy affair.
British police are searching the web for potential security threats.
They fear action from far-Left groups, obsessive individuals and Irish dissident republicans. Although Northern Ireland is more settled than during Thatcher's time in office it is not a trouble-free region. Some in Northern Ireland are still bitter about long past historical events so Mrs Thatcher's stance on the Irish hunger strikers is recent history to them.
Be careful if you are sharing your opinions on Mrs Thatcher and her demise on social networking sites as police will be watching. It is unlikely preemptive arrests will follow according to Sky News, but you never can tell.
They will be looking for signs of protests, gatherings and demonstrations close to where the funeral will take place next week.. They were caught out this week when groups of people took to the streets to celebrate the death of Thatcher. The impromptu death parties caused problems for communities, businesses and police.
A small group of police and psychiatrists, The Fixated Threat Assessment Centre (FTAC), is monitoring known Thatcher obsessives.
There will be a heavy police presence, appropriately called Operation True Blue protecting the funeral cortege. Police leave is being cancelled to ensure the maximum number of officers will be available.
After media reports almost sanctified Thatcher following her death the truth was revealed. She was one of the most admired and disliked British Prime Ministers ever. Was she hated more than loved? That depends where you live and your politics. Republicans, right wingers, in the USA loved her but they did not feel the effects of her crippling policies. Many people in the North of England had no love for Margaret Thatcher.
Police could be sending out the warning simply to limit problems on the day but why risk it?
Personally I think a smaller funeral would have been fitting in such austere times and with such a decisive leader. She was however elected and not the leader of a regime, as such. This means that my option for the day of her funeral will be to ignore it. She is gone. Televisions have switch offs. Protesters will gain nothing from making a stand at this funeral. They will fuel right wingers in the UK and abroad. Don't give them ammunition.