There ceremonial funeral last week in London for Baroness Thatcher really was a fitting final spectacle for one of the UK's most iconic prime ministers.
I did occur to me though that the level of planning, attention to detail and finesse applied to the funeral was impressive to say the least. I could not help reflect on some of the most recent state funerals in the Republic of Ireland though and I was unfortunately drawn to compare them. There can be no doubt that our state funerals do not measure up in any way to those of our nearest neighbours. Granted, we are a much smaller country with less resources and less of a tradition in pomp and ceremony however I did feel that our state funerals are not as dignified, refined, sophisticated, as I believe they might be.
I am a great admirer of the Defence Forces and I applaud them for their work in all our occasions of state, and I do not believe the issues solely lies with them.
PS. please don't make this a thread on the politics of Margaret Thatcher.