The power of a national myth

Margaret Thatcher's funeral last week showed how states can create national myths about themselves - and Ireland itself may just be in need of such a myth, writes Tom McGurk.

20th April, 2013
'The British national myth about its pivotal role in World War II, largely manufactured by Churchill, himself a historian, has become unquestioned national orthodoxy.'

Watching the pageantry and the who's who filling St Paul's Cathedral in London for Margaret Thatcher's funeral, one witnessed the overwhelming power of the national myth. When the establishment gets its soldiers, its monarchy and its political classes all dressed up for the day in such a show of determined consensus, who is there to argue otherwise? There were no Belgrano ghosts here.

Apparently, Thatcher had, in very great detail, planned her own funeral, clearly...

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