2013年04月09日

国葬

 サッチャー元イギリス首相が87歳でお亡くなりになりました。
 4月9日火曜日の朝、パソコンを開けましたらヤッホー君のブログを読んでくださっている読者からさっそく問い合わせ、「国葬」になるのかな?ですって。

 そこで、元首相の昨日付けの他国のメディアの評価とあわせ知りたかったヤッホー君、いつもの朝チェッ:

 まず、マレーシア紙 New Straits Times から、といってもAFP電(Agence France-Press)ですね:

Right-wingers hailed her as having hauled Britain out of the economic doldrums but the left accused her of dismantling traditional industry, claiming her reforms helped unpick the fabric of society.

On the world stage, she built a close “special relationship” with US president Ronald Reagan which helped bring the curtain down on Soviet Communism.

She also fiercely opposed closer ties with Europe. AFP
(08 April 2013 last updated at 08:19PM)
http://www.nst.com.my/latest/the-iron-lady-dead-at-87-1.251014

 ついで、アルジャジーラ紙です:

While flowers piled up at her London home on Monday, not all Britons were mourning the late leader's departure.

Her radical, right-wing polices alienated many, who saw her as a destroyer of jobs and traditional industries.

Some left-wingers, including in south London - the scene of fierce rioting in the 1980s, blamed on deep social divisions as well as racial tensions - hastily convened a street party to celebrate her death.

Her government privatised several state-owned industries and was involved in a year-long stand-off with unions during the Miners' Strike of 1984-5.
The coal miners' union issued a statement on Monday saying "good riddance" to the former prime minister.

There were also signs of celebration in Argentina. Thatcher sent a task force to recapture the Falkland Islands after a 1982 invasion by Argentine forces, in an operation she considered one of the triumphs of her rule.

(Last Modified: 08 Apr 2013 22:20 Ex-UK prime minister Margaret Thatcher dies, Source: Agencies)
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2013/04/201348115218647429.html

 次にカナダにとびましょうか、とてもユニークな記事です:

Soon after I arrived in London in 1983, a political aide telephoned to ask – in advance of Margaret Thatcher’s forthcoming visit to Canada – whether I could present myself at No. 10 Downing Street for a session with the prime minister.

“Mr. Prime Minister,” I began and froze, embarrassed beyond description. A chill descended on the room. Aides goofily fidgeted or went white. One of my colleagues failed to suppress a giggle.
I wanted the floor to open up.
(Last updated Monday, Apr. 08 2013, 5:58 PM EDT, PAUL KORING:The Iron Lady, a reporter’s gaffe, and a smile that 'felt like salvation')
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/the-iron-lady-a-reporters-gaffe-and-a-smile-that-felt-like-salvation/article10853730/

  ※ Paul Koring is a member of The Globe and Mail’s Washington bureau

 各メディアとも特徴があります。
 これは、ですねぇ〜、う〜ん、どっかの国の英国病を救った英雄扱いか救世主のようによいしょばかりする論調とは、大分隔たりがあることにお気づきでしょうか…

  あっ、そうそう、「国葬」にはしないようですよ:

Lady Thatcher will be honoured with a funeral of a scale not accorded to a former prime minister since the lavish spectacle of Winston Churchill's state funeral half a century ago – and much of the cost is expected to be borne by the taxpayer.

Downing Street announced that Britain's first female prime minister would receive a ceremonial funeral, with gun carriage, military procession and a service at St Paul's Cathedral, in the style of the funerals of Diana, Princess of Wales, and the Queen Mother.

One rung below a state funeral – as normally accorded to sovereigns – a ceremonial funeral requires the consent of the Queen, which has been given. There will be no public lying in state, at Thatcher's own request.

Apart from Churchill, three other prime ministers received a full state funeral in modern times: the Duke of Wellington in 1852, Viscount Palmerston in 1865 and William Gladstone in 1898. The funerals of later prime ministers have tended to be more modest affairs.

Ironically, the funeral of Thatcher, whose government was responsible for the "big bang" deregulation of the City, will take place in the middle of a series of open debates to run from 11 April at the cathedral on "the City and the common good".

St Paul's recently provided a backdrop for the Occupy movement in London, and when protesters were evicted it faced criticism from some quarters for its perceived acquiescence to the establishment.

(Caroline Davies, The Guardian, Monday 8 April 2013 18.53 BST, No state funeral for Margaret Thatcher)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2013/apr/08/no-state-funeral-margaret-thatcher

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