British alt-rocker Billy Bragg, no fan of the Iron Lady, played Ottawa Thursday night.
He confessed to the audience that he had been somewhat less than upset last week when he heard Margaret Thatcher had died.
Lady Thatcher of course is an icon to conservatives but hated by the left, including Mr. Bragg, for her attacks on unions when she was the British prime minister.
Mr. Bragg said his spirits immediately sagged though when it dawned on him that the deceased was in fact a cat named Thatcher belonging to Canadian Infrastructure Minister John Baird.
"I actually had to stop and feel some sympathy," he joked.
At this point an Ottawa audience member yelled out: "That asshole represents our riding," referring to the Conservative Mr. Baird.
"Well, his cat's dead, mate, if that makes you feel better," Mr. Bragg quipped.
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