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LISTEN: The BBC explains why 'Ding Dong' Thatcher song made number 2

‘Ding! Dong! The Witch is Dead’ made number two in the UK singles charts; here’s how the BBC treated the news…

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A 1930s SONG which has been reborn as an anthem celebrating the death of Margaret Thatcher has made it to number 2 in the official UK singles chart.

‘Ding! Dong! The Witch is Dead’, from the 1939 film version of ‘The Wizard of Oz’, failed in its attempt to get to number one – but did push its way into the top end of the chart, forcing the BBC to address it in the weekly broadcast of the latest singles chart.

The broadcaster had opted against playing the full song – even though it is only 51 seconds long – hoping not to inflame tensions between supporters and opponents of Thatcher, the former prime minister who died last Monday aged 87.

However, it did play an excerpt from the song as part of a brief news clip explaining Thatcher and her deeply divisive legacy.

Read: Here’s who is attending Thatcher’s funeral on behalf of the Irish government…

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