Rex Murphy: British civility disappears in a flood of anti-Thatcher effluent

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Poor Britain. Once it was a very paragon of nations, associated with high-toned manners, a courtly sense of reticence and an aversion to emotional public displays whether of love or hate, affection or disdain.

Britain, for centuries, was a country of self-conscious civilized behaviour – it gave the world the word and concept of “gentleman.” However, in this week of the passing of one of its greatest citizens, Margaret Thatcher, it is showing how far it has wandered from the old ideas, and how much it has become trashy, ugly, empty of decorum, and how many of its citizens have no idea of even the rudiments of proper public behaviour.

At least since Shakespeare’s time to the death of Churchill, there has been alive in Britain a sense of its own value, and a code among its citizens to give honourable due to the various ceremonies and events, formal or informal, that…

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