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OutTake: Britain has a "new" top song after Margaret Thatcher's death

Days after her death, the tributes continue to pour in for Margaret Thatcher – including an emergency session of the British parliament that was held just so the members could pay their respects.

But it wasn't all tributes. Some MPs boycotted the public remembrance, and a number of Britons have taken to the streets to openly celebrate her death by drinking champagne, burning pictures and even dancing to the Wizard of Oz song "Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead," which is currently the No. 1 song on the British charts.

That's right, more than seven decades after it first appeared in The Wizard of Oz, Thatcher's critics have organized to buy enough copies of the song to get it to No. 1 and secure "four or five seconds" of airplay on BBC radio's weekly music show, where the number one song is traditionally played.

Of course, there is something unseemly about celebrating the death of a person, and yet what surprised us the most was simply the emotion displayed by the Brits this week.

For years, we have been led to believe they are a proper, uptight, stoic people, and frankly this behavior, outside of a football game, caught us off guard.

I mean, it's America that's supposed to be big and brash and wear its heart on its sleeve and yet when we stopped to think about it, it might be the Yanks who are the less exciting people.

Let's go back to Parliament, where this story began. Lots of yelling, screaming, real emotion!

And what about how our lawmakers act in the U.S.? Definitely not as exciting.

So while Britain may have lost one of its former leaders, it looks like America may have lost its fire.


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