Diane Abbott, a leading spokesperson for Prime Minister funeral protocol, has slammed slipping standards, casting yesterday's ceremony as 'without precedent' and proof that state funerals are getting easier.
Historians use state funerals to decide who is important enough to go into their books, but if the qualification continues to be devalued, new 'State-star' funerals may be necessary to distinguish between all the dead Prime Ministers clamoring for places in text books.
'Fifty years ago, you needed to have guided the country through its darkest hour and won a proper war against a proper country. Now it seems a six-month conflict over some wind-swept rocks and a right-to-buy council house sell-off is all it takes,' claimed the public ceremony watchdog.
Experts fear that if the trend of dumbed-down state funerals continues, even illegal wars may be taken into account.