9 April 2013

Last puppet from "Puns en Doedie" kicks the bucket

Thatcher captured by the Spitting Image team in the eighties
The Iron Lady of British politics, Margaret Thatcher, the final performer in my nineteen-eighties political street satire, "Puns en Doedie Show" (Puppets Against Apartheid) finally passed into the world of the hereafter to reunite with her former oligarchs PW Botha and Ronald Reagan.

"When you've spent half your political life dealing with humdrum issues like the environment, it's exciting to have a real crisis on your hands." - Margaret Thatcher commenting on the Falkland Islands war in 1982. 

As I sit here in a library on Lake Geneva in Switzerland and reflect upon "the days of miracle and wonder" when we were all young and naive, trying in our own little way to make a dent in the Apartheid machine, not quite aware of the bigger picture and the collaboration of the triumvirate. And now the puppets have all finally been laid to rest, but the memories will remain vivid in my mind, as I recall the South African security police hurriedly taking notes at my street performances and being warned of this by the local newspaper reporter, Tony Jackman.

So let me wish Madame Thatcher well in her journeys in the hereafter and tell her it was fun manipulating her, even from the far away colonies, during the nineteen-eighties.

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