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The hootenanny state funeral

Posted on: August 27, 2011

If you were a mourner, and felt genuinely sad about the passing of Jack Layton, the Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition, perhaps the state funeral wasn’t the place for you. The masses need their flesh even when it is cold. And on this day, they got it.

The Layton family did their duty. Their grief was best narrated by Sarah Layton’s loving reminiscences about her father, simply put in a quiet voice that stilled the Roy Thompson Hall, a venue that badly needed to be stilled. Her quiet voice reminded those who applauded so enthusiastically and so many times as Stephen Lewis, a good and decent man, an icon in his own right, who was obviously and genuinely grieved, but in his address mourned the loss of a politico more than a man. It took Sarah Layton’s memories to remind that this was a funeral and they all had gathered because her father had passed,  a man with family, an individual who was taken too soon by  a cruel and unforgiving disease, a man who is deeply missed, and someone whose lifetime moments are remembered like a treasure.

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2 Responses to "The hootenanny state funeral"

Look you fuckwit, are you too stupid to realise that Ghomeshi was an actual friend of Layton’s, when you tweeted to him that the mourners were faking it?

That wasn’t an honest opinion, it was an asshole shooting off his ignorant mouth in an atempt to appear clever. You owe the man an abject apology.

No, he doesn’t deserve an apology. Who tweets during a funeral? If you do, expect feedback.
I didn’t say the mourners were faking it. I think they were sincere in their applause which had more than enthusiasm- it was unkind applause, us-and-them applause, we are here at this event because it is an event applause. They were not mourners, many of them. They were political roadies.
I stand by my words, Holly. For many there it wasn’t a funeral- it was treated as coffin-as-prop political theatre.

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  • wordbeeps: No, he doesn't deserve an apology. Who tweets during a funeral? If you do, expect feedback. I didn't say the mourners were faking it. I think they we
  • Holly Stick: Look you fuckwit, are you too stupid to realise that Ghomeshi was an actual friend of Layton's, when you tweeted to him that the mourners were faking
  • aardvarkcola: Thank you. I see the rest of your message now. i'm honoured to to have your words on my blog. That alone is a delight. Lawrence

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