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Madonna Instagrams picture of Thatcher, swiftly deletes it

The #RebelHeart campaign continues: this time, it's the former Prime Minister who briefly got Madonna's vote

Madonna's #RebelHeart campaign suffered another hitch yesterday when she posted a picture on Instagram of Britain's former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, along with the caption "If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing. Thank you Margaret Thatcher #unapolgetic (sic) #rebelheart."

After backlash from fans, Madonna decided that she did like being liked after all and removed the image, but stuck to her guns by not apologising for the original post (#rebelheart #unapolgetic). Thatcher was Prime Minster of Britain from 1979 to 1990 and endured a controversialpolarising tenure as Britain's boss – loved by some (the rich), reviled by others (the poor). She died in 2013.

Over the course of her career, Madonna has enjoyed a position as a gay icon – unfortunately some LGBT fans were disappointed about the show of solidarity with Thatcher given that the former PM passed Section 28, a law banning the "promotion" of homosexuality in schools. She also showed little interest in the AIDS crisis, taking years to react while homosexual men were not only being vilified, but dying.

Indeed, Thatcher was so disliked that upon her death two years ago, a song from The Wizard Of Oz called "Ding Dong, The Witch Is Dead!" was released to commemmorate her passing. It reached number two in the charts. People threw street parties, particularly in the North, an area of Britain that Thatcher was accused of leaving to rot (at one point, some of her ministers advised her to lead Liverpool into "managed decline").

As the first woman to be Prime Minister she offered hope for women's rights, but did little to improve that once in power and also reportedly told her senior adviser: "The feminists hate me, don’t they? And I don’t blame them. For I hate feminism. It is poison."

Madonna's #RebelHeart hashtag has proved itself an eyebrow-raising vehicle for promotion. She's posted pictures of genuine revolutionaries such Martin Luther King Jr and Nelson Mandela, photoshopped to wear the same black lace mask that Madonna wears on the front cover of her new record.

If Madonna is dead set on digging up old political icons from the grave for her #RebelHeart campaign, it's probably worth doing some basic research on the people that she's using for Instagram – or even better, just stop altogether.