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Billy Bragg on Margaret Thatcher death: 'Don't celebrate - organise'

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Billy Bragg has spoken out following the death of Margaret Thatcher.

The singer-songwriter and political activist urged those opposed to Thatcher's politics to work together against the current government rather than celebrating the former British prime minister's death.

Billy Bragg performs outside Sister Ray Records in Soho, London on Record Store Day 2012

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Billy Bragg performs in London on Record Store Day 2012


> Margaret Thatcher dies, aged 87: A divided nation reacts

Bragg wrote on his Facebook page: "This is not a time for celebration. The death of Margaret Thatcher is nothing more than a salient reminder of how Britain got into the mess that we are in today.

"Of why ordinary working people are no longer able to earn enough from one job to support a family; of why there is a shortage of decent affordable housing; of why domestic growth is driven by credit, not by real incomes; of why tax-payers are forced to top up wages; of why a spiteful government seeks to penalise the poor for having an extra bedroom; of why Rupert Murdoch became so powerful; of why cynicism and greed became the hallmarks of our society.

"Raising a glass to the death of an infirm old lady changes none of this. The only real antidote to cynicism is activism. Don't celebrate - organise!"

Baroness Margaret Thatcher

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Margaret Thatcher visits 10 Downing Street in 2010


> Margaret Thatcher dies, aged 87: Obituaries and media reactions

Thatcher's death on Monday (April 8) at the age of 87 has already provoked a wide variety of reaction from politicians and celebrities alike.

Meryl Streep, who won an Oscar for her portrayal of the divisive former leader in The Iron Lady, described Thatcher as "a pioneer... for the role of women in politics", but criticised her financial ideology and approach to financial deregulation.

Meanwhile, Morrissey labelled Thatcher as "a terror without an atom of humanity", as part of a wider critique of her personality and her record while in office.

Photo gallery - newspaper front pages on Thatcher:

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