Relatives of the Wicked Witch of the West have filed complaints with the Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph newspapers, plus the BBC, on grounds of inconsistent standards concerning the song “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead”, currently riding high in the UK charts.
A spokesman from Sue Grabbit and Runne, solicitors acting for the family of the deceased witch explained:
“Our clients are distressed by the double standards exhibited this week by the offending media organisations”.
“It is understandable that the family and friends of Margaret Thatcher might be offended by references to the lyric ‘Ding Dong the Witch is Dead’ this week. However, our clients want to know where those concerned voices were when the Munchkins were disrespectfully singing the same lyric immediately after the demise of our poor relative”.
“If it is bad taste applied to Mrs T in 2013, why did these people not make an equivalent fuss when we were grieving in 1939?”
The spokesman added, “Margaret Thatcher would have been 13 years old when this travesty of a song was first released. For all we know, she may even have sung along. We know the Daily Mail was busy at that time, deciding which side it was on; but there is no equivalent excuse for either the Telegraph or the BBC … neither of whom voiced any concerns about the disrespectfulness of the lyric, as applied to our dear departed relative”.