Meanwhile, 'Ding Dong!' heads further up the charts

Former Sex Pistols and current [a]Public Image Ltd[a] frontman John Lydon has hit out at those celebrating Margaret Thatcher‘s death.

The firebrand singer, who is currently on tour in Australia and getting into some trouble over perceived sexist remarks on a chat show, spoke on the subject of Thatcher’s death on arriving at Sydney airport from Brisbane yesterday (April 10). He told the press that he takes no pleasure in the death of the divisive former Prime Minister, who came to power a year after The Sex Pistols split in 1979, reports The Daily Mail. Lydon said:

I’m not happy about the boo boo parties… Her politics were really dreadful and derisive and caused a great many issues for me when I was young, for all of us trying to go through that. But that don’t mean (sic) I am gonna dance on her grave, as they say. I’m not that kind of person.

He continues: “I was her enemy in her life but I will not be her enemy in her death. I am not a coward… My entire life, socially, was all around the Maggie era. That was the great challenge as a Sex Pistol was how to deal with Margaret Thatcher. I think we did rather good.” Lydon did, however, say he might have something better to do than watch Thatcher’s funeral on Wednesday (April 17) and speculated that his own funeral he’s “more likely to be dragged along from the back of a wagon.”

Meanwhile, the campaign to get ‘Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead’ to Number 1 in the singles chart is gathering pace. An update from The Official Charts Company reports that the song is currently placed at Number 4 in the race for Sunday’s Number 1, up from its Number 10 placing yesterday.

Baroness Thatcher passed away on Monday following a stroke. She was 87.