Pretoria, South Africa - "I guess they've all conveniently forgotten he's still on the FBI's register of undesirables banned from entering the USA," a South African judge said today recalling how he fined Mark Thatcher R3,000,000 rand and sentenced him to four years - suspended - in the slammer for financing an aborted 2004 coup d'etat in Equatorial Guinea.
That criminal conviction has somehow vanished from UK reporting as desperate Tory throwbacks fete and schmooze Mark Thatcher 'just like Kate Middleton' to promote their latest vanity project that places Margaret Thatcher's lavish public funeral at centre stage.
No mention either of other disastrous escapades such as the Algeria caper that saw Mark Thatcher having to be rescued by the RAF after 'getting lost' in the Sahara desert during the 1982 Paris-Dakar rally.
Nor the 1998 South African police investigation that found Thatcher running a loan shark scam that lent $$$s 'at exorbitant rates' to thousands of police officers, military personnel and civil servants and vigorously pursued hapless defaulters through the country's debtor courts.
The probe eventually discovered Thatcher then recycled his huge loan sharking profits into supplying aviation fuel to African despots, one of whom was Equatorial Guinea despot Teodoro Obiang.
Those findings were then examined by US tax evasion authorities who charged Mark Thatcher with racketeering in a Texas lawsuit that was conveniently settled behind closed doors after 'Mummy' pulled some transatlantic strings.
"Mark has put all that behind him now," a Tory source said today,"and remains one of the Party's eminent grandees.
"There is absolutely no truth in the lurid suggestion that tickets to Mrs Thatcher's funeral are being sold on the internet starting at $1,000 a pop."
Expect some lively debate in the daze to come as the public spectacle draws ever nearer.