To be honest, I have no idea how Tories would have reacted. I know, for example, that John Major attended the funeral of the Labour leader whose name I have now forgotten but wasn't he replaced by Tony Blair? (Memory is dodgy here as I may have got the timing wrong) Anyway, I'm quite sure the Tories would have been happy for, say, Attlee to have been given the same kind of funeral as Thatcher was, because I am quite sure Tory MPs will regard Attlee as a great PM who oversaw some momentous changes also. But obviously that's just speculation.
Actually, part of the role of the armed services is to do exactly what they did at the funeral. The King's Regiment, for example, don't really do much else! Although of course they are all fully trained soldiers. All armed services have ceremonial outfits as well as service ones.
I don't read the Daily Mail and so I don't know anything about complaints but given that it was Thatcher's funeral that was being covered by the BBC it would have been entirely out of place for them to be anything other than pro-Thatcher. The BBC is paid for by taxpayers of all political persuasions and on this occasion it was (largely but not exclusively) those of a more rightward persuasion who were being served. Those of a leftward persuasion just had to suck it up.
You are thinking of John Smith. major would have been obliged to attend his funeral
Thereis no such regiment as th King's regiment, there was a King's regiment of Liverpool. there is the King's troop Royal Horse artillery. I think you will ind this small unit: ie a troop will do their tour of duty in Afghanistan the same as any other army units. There were many other members of the defense services involved in the funeral.
You don't read the Daily Mail, but apparently you read the Daily Mirror.
Personally I read as many newspapers I can get my hands on.
I thought the BBC was paid for by the licence fee payer, whether they are tax payers or not, and from its own revenue The whole point of the BBC is that it is independent of the government. I'll behappy to be corrected on that one.
Edited by l'angelo mysterioso, 19 April 2013 - 11:23 AM.