Many Labour members of parliament boycotted a tribute session to Thatcher. One who didn't is Glenda Jackson, a former actress who won two Oscars before becoming one of the best known liberal commentators in Britain.
"Everything I had been taught to regard as a vice, and I still regard as vices, under Thatcherism was in fact a virtue - greed, selfishness, no care for the weaker, sharp elbows, sharp knees," Jackson said in parliament. "A woman? Not on my terms."
A conservative parliamentarian argued Jackson had "denigrated the memory of the person who has deceased," but the parliamentary speaker ruled that "nothing unparliamentarily" had been said.
The BBC's compromise reflects that willingness to allow criticism to be aired – up until a point – supported even by some of Thatcher's supporters.
"Make no mistake," argues Thatcher supporter Toby Young in the Telegraph today. "If the BBC does ban Ding Dong the Witch is Dead, those of us who believe in the principles Margaret Thatcher stood for will be the losers in the long run."