Teacher behind 'Witch is Dead' Thatcher street parties insists: 'I'm the voice of reason'.

Chris Parsons
Yahoo! News

The drama teacher behind the controversial Margaret Thatcher 'death parties' was unrepentant yesterday - insisting the celebrations which boiled over into disorder were 'about politics, not hatred'.

Romany Blythe, 45, created a group on Facebook called The Witch is Dead, calling for thousands to join "demonstrations of disapproval" across the country.

She told followers to "celebrate our liberty and freedom from tyranny on the day that Maggie stands down, once and for all" at a list of locations.

Many of the parties boiled over into disorder and clashes with police, with trouble in Brixton, Glasgow and Bristol, where six police officers were injured in the violence.

Ms Blythe, from Worthing, Sussex, has denied causing trouble and claimed to have been the "voice of reason".

Despite the trouble, she remained extremely critical of Baroness Thatcher, calling her a "despot".

She said: "People say you shouldn't speak ill of the dead - but it depends who the dead person is.

"In normal circumstances celebrating someone's death would be reprehensible.

"We just didn't want to whitewash what happened while she was Prime Minister.

"There was no other time we could come together as a group and recognise what had happened.

"She was a despot. They danced in the streets when Hitler died too.  Mrs Thatcher was friends with Pinochet. She chose her friends very wisely."

Ms Blythe specialises in teaching troubled children at schools in Brighton.

On Facebook she wrote: ‘Who wants to p*** on her grave?’, inviting 5,300 people to a 'flash party' to celebrate her passing, with the message: "Anyone else like to join us?"

When the 'peaceful' celebrations led to scuffles with police in Brixton, she posted a video of the disorder with the comment "my people".

But Ms Blythe insisted she had not "fanned the flames" of disorder.

She said: "I didn't do the rioting - I just organised a Facebook page. It was a way for us to come together and create unity and solidarity.

"There was no other time we could come together as a group and recognise what had happened to us. It was about politics, not about hatred."































Blythe had previously appeared in local newspapers talking about how she feared her breast implants may have led to a miscarriage.

She was given the now-banned PIP breast implants on the NHS, but said toxic chemicals could have contributed to the tragedy.


During Monday’s disorder, a number of police officers were injured and arrests were made as hundreds held parties around the country when news of Lady Thatcher's death was announced.

In Bristol six officers were injured as they tried to break up a gathering of around 200 people and were pelted with bottles and cans.

One officer remains in hospital and one person was arrested for violent disorder.



In Brixton, south London, smashed windows and looting of shops was reported as two women were arrested on suspicion of burglary.

There are fears further trouble could flare up on Saturday, with anarchists thought to be planning a weekend of further ‘celebrations’.