Fury over BBC ‘Ding Dong the Witch is Dead’ ban

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Members of the public have reacted with fury after the BBC insisted it would not play the hit song Ding Dong the Witch is Dead, even it went to number one in the charts.

The song has become an internet hit after a campaign encouraged people to download it in response to news that Margaret Thatcher had died.

The decision by the broadcaster has caused anger with many people accusing the broadcaster of censorship.  BBC bosses have said they will play a 15 second clip of the song only in the context of a news item.

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A spokesman for the corporation said: “The BBC finds this campaign distasteful but does not believe the record should be banned.

“On Sunday, the Radio 1 Chart Show will contain a news item explaining why the song is in the charts, during which a short clip will be played as it has been in some of our news programmes.”

The death of the former Conservative leader has sparked celebration and eulogy alike with former colleagues and other politicians praising many of her qualities.

However critics have argued that many of the victims of her policies have been forgotten and that the celebrations were more a mark of the death of Thatcherism than the individual herself.  There has also been anger at the cost of the funeral for the former PM which is believed to be running close to £10 million.