MARGARET THATCHER’S brand new sign in a Madrid Plaza has already been defaced: just hours after the inaugural ceremony of the sign in the Spanish capital on Monday.
As reported by the Liverpool Echo, ‘Don’t buy the Sun’ and ‘Hillsborough Justice Campaign’ stickers were stuck all over the face of the sign indicating the location of Plaza Margaret Thatcher.
The stickers seem to be a direct reference to the British newspaper The Sun’s support of Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s, as well as the paper’s publicly criticised coverage of the Hillsborough disaster.
Honouring Margaret Thatcher in Madrid with her very own plaza raised some eyebrows, especially amongst the socialist party, but Ana Botella, PP mayor of Madrid, said that the plaza highlighted the importance of one of the century’s most extraordinary figures, and was not politically motivated.
Madrid is the first city outside of Britain to dedicate a public space to the UK’s first female Prime Minister, as she takes her place among historical heavyweights including Christopher Columbus and Pablo Picasso.
Sir Mark Thatcher, speaking about the unveiling, said: “I know that her history, her honour, will be adequately well defended by the people of Spain, the people of Madrid and in particular, in this wonderful location, which will live for many, many years in the future.”