By Paul Goodman
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A last word on the controversies over Margaret Thatcher's state-funeral-in-all-but-name. I believe that it was right to honour her in this way, others will think it was wrong, but there should at least be agreement on one point. The arrangements were drawn up under, and to some extent by, New Labour - under Tony Blair and, especially, Gordon Brown.
I've been critical of Brown for not attending the Commons for the Thatcher tributes - he's the only former Prime Minister entitled to be there, and he should have cancelled his other commitments to do so. But it's evident that he had a good look at the funeral plans during his time in office, especially in the early months before he funked calling an early election in the autumn of 2007. The historian in him will have thoroughly grasped Lady Thatcher's significance.