T-shirts celebrating the eventual death of Margaret Thatcher – on sale at the TUC conference – have been condemned.
Tory MPs called the garments “beyond the pale” and “sickening”. TUC general secretary Brendan Barber called them “tasteless and inappropriate”.
The T-shirts were proving “very popular” with trade unionists, stall holder Colin Hampton said.
Baroness Thatcher, 86, has been in declining health in recent years and has withdrawn from public life.
Mr Hampton defended the T-shirts as representing “many” people’s view of the former PM.
It is brilliantly ironic that Mr. Hampton’s defense was the free market one: “In the spirit of Margaret Thatcher,” he said, “I’m showing some entrepreneurial flair.” Where are the anti-capitalists when you need them?