John Cooper QC, as published in the Evening Standard on Thursday 11 April 2013 (emphasis added).
The claim that Margaret Thatcher would have enjoyed the demonstrations of anger against her is a mark of the woman. Her strength was leading from the front and trampling all in her way, and it is wholly reasonable that those she trampled on and their descendants should demonstrate, even on the day of her funeral.
The consequence is a strict and expensive security operation. One can only hope that any action by the law enforcement agencies is proportionate and we bury next week not only an historic but deeply divisive PM, but also the asymmetric use of the power of the state to oppress the people.
John Cooper QC, WC1
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