Thatcher: Angry reaction to Galloway tweet

Controvery: Bradford West MP George Galloway provoked angry reactions on Twitter after apparently expressing his satisfaction at the death of Baroness Thatcher.
Controvery: Bradford West MP George Galloway provoked angry reactions on Twitter after apparently expressing his satisfaction at the death of Baroness Thatcher.
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CONTROVERSIAL MP George Galloway provoked angry reactions on Twitter today after apparently expressing his satisfaction at the death of Baroness Thatcher.

The Respect MP for Bradford West wrote “Tramp the dirt down” on his feed - the name of a song by Elvis Costello in which he attacks the former Conservative prime minister.

Mr Galloway’s tweet provoked anger on Twitter.

The Sun’s political editor, Tom Newton Dunn, wrote: “I suppose this was inevitable from him.”

And the Daily Mail’s deputy political editor, Tim Shipman, replied: “What a stunningly unpleasant tweet.”

Mr Galloway’s reference comes from a song by Costello, in which he sings: “When England was the whore of the world / Margaret was her madam.

It continues: “’Cos when they finally put you in the ground / They’ll stand there laughing and tramp the dirt down.”

In a further message on the social networking site, Mr Galloway said: “Thatcher described Nelson Mandela as a “terrorist”. I was there. I saw her lips move. May she burn in the hellfires.”

* See The Star for our 11-pages of reaction coverage following the death of Baroness Thatcher.