Thatcher on Thursday: Mandela Day

“The BBC have just gone bananas over this and seem to be joining those who are making Mandela out to be a Christ-like figure.”

Those words are as relevant now as there were in 1990 when they were spoken by John Carlisle, then Tory MP for Luton North. At the time, he was was furious at the BBC’s screening of the 1990 Mandela concert in London.

Lady Thatcher, who memorably referred to Mandela as a “Grubby Little Terrorist” was instrumental in ending apartheid in South Africa. Sanctions, according to her, were “a crime against free trade”. She allegedly opposed apartheid on the grounds that it was a sin against economic liberalism. The left do not see that economic liberalism leads to personal freedom, that you cannot have one without the other.

But she was right. Mandela was a terrorist. Amnesty International refused to acknowledge him as a political prisoner asserting that he had committed numerous violent crimes and had had a fair trial and a reasonable sentence.

Nelson Mandela was the head of UmKhonto we Sizwe, (MK), the terrorist wing of the ANC and South African Communist Party. He had pleaded guilty to 156 acts of public violence including mobilizing terrorist bombing campaigns, which planted bombs in public places. Many innocent people, including women and children, some black and some white, were killed by Nelson Mandela’s MK terrorists.

South African President P.W. Botha offered Nelson Mandela freedom from prison several times if he would only renounce terrorist violence. Mandela refused to do this. Several Times.

The ANC, meanwhile, had links to the IRA, with the Irish giving bomb making lessons to Mandela’s terrorist colleagues and the Communist Party, resulting in contacts with the East German stasi who provided interrogation techniques for suspected ANC spies. So with this glorious link to communism, it comes as no surprise to find the BBC, Barosso, Van Rompuy and President Obama all taking their places to bow at the feet of Mandela. Or Madiba, as the BBC have taken to calling him. Why stop there? Let’s just call him The Messiah!

From 1982 until his release in 1990, he had very comfortable prison accommodation. A private cottage with a pool, fine wines brought in, a (white) personal chef, entertaining his political guests, access to a telephone… Hardly the terrible existence that we are led to believe. Not bad for a terrorist. But ask a dumbed down member of the populace, and you will only hear of the Robben Island prison cell, where he maintained “such dignity in solitary confinement to emerge as a World Statesman”… Excuse me while I roll my eyes a little more.

Before we take a look at the post Mandela ‘Rainbow Nation’ that the leftists and assorted ill-informed of the world are cheering, as a quick aside, I will draw your attention to Madiba’s Grandson, his Diamond Mine Company, Aurora, the ANC and some irregularities. You hadn’t heard? I’m not shocked. But that is a post for another day.

So, this ‘Rainbow Nation’, for which we are lauding Mandela. How’s that working out? All those happy joyous faces I have seen on the tv today celebrating Mandela Day… One man’s struggle for civil liberties for which Obama suggested I spend 67 minutes doing something in my community to honour. I’ll tell you what I spent my 67 minutes doing. I read this.

“I detest racialism, because I regard it as a barbaric thing, whether it comes from a black man or a white man.” Nelson Mandela

Don’t you just hate it when a quote comes back to haunt you, Madiba.

4 comments on “Thatcher on Thursday: Mandela Day

  1. Dave Wright
    July 19, 2013 at 11:55 am #

    One man’s terrorist is another’s freedom fighter, but James Delingpole is a bellend no matter how you look at it.

  2. MerckZ
    July 19, 2013 at 12:12 pm #

    What you say is true, but as a South African (actually living in South Africa, not playing rugby or cricket for England) it’s easier to realise how differently things could have gone if a lesser man than Mandela had been at the helm of the ANC during those transition years.

    Whilst I disagree with his apparent canonisation, it’s also easy to forget, whilst you rattle off the list of his past terrorist transgressions, what he was actually fighting against. He’s not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy – but a naughty boy who eventually did the right thing at the right time. We could have gone the way of Kenya or Zimbabwe (we may yet still, with the likes of Zuma and Malema in positions of power and influence), but we didn’t; and we have Mandela’s (and FW de Klerk’s) good sense to thank for that.

    Compared to Zuma, Malema and their ilk, though, Mandela is a saint…

  3. PVEW
    July 19, 2013 at 5:05 pm #

    I had a vague idea that Mandela had turned to small acts of violence but not that he was responsible for murders of women and children. He really was, as South Africans one spoke to in the 1980s always said, a terrorist. I knew very well, of course, that his trial was fair, that he got far more time for political speeches than he would in England and that he could have left prison much sooner had he renounced violence. I wrote about him here attacking the way he is glorified and pointing out that he was a Communist, but I did not know the half of it, it seems. It seems that far from being slightly more likeable than Martin Luther King or Gandhi, he is very much less so.

    We shall never know if there were better ways, but there may well have been: some alliance between whites, coloureds and Zulus perhaps or an independent Western Cape, where blacks are a minority, with its capital at Cape Town. P.W. Botha had he been more statesmanlike might have achieved something much better than did F.W.De Klerk.

    I always thought that apartheid was an appalling system, though not nearly so appalling, not by a long way, as those in most independent black African states in the 1970s and 1980s. I always thought majority rule was inevitable, though regrettable from everyone’s point of view, most of all from the Africans’. Or rather, I should say, the black Africans’, since the South African whites are just as African as the blacks.

  4. Simon Roberts
    July 20, 2013 at 7:05 am #

    The deification of Mandela was just part of the communist assault on South Africa, which was at the time the strongest opponent of communism in the region.

    While the BBC and the Guardian would find it hard to support the newly-independant states (so instead chose to just ignore the abuses taking place in them), Plan B was to undermine South Africa by concentrating on its own abuses – even though they were minor by comparison. Better still if those abuses could be personified in someone who – being in prison – was not likely to cause embarrassment with public “necklacings” etc.

    You may remember that The Specials released a rather good single called “Free Nelson Mandela” in the 1980s. I remember young people at the time regurgitating the supposed injustice and demanding action. When I pointed out that he was a terrorist I was met with either dismay or anger – challenging people’s world view is always difficult, especially when that world view is based not on facts but on media propaganda.

    Oh well, it’s all another victory for the Cultural Marxists.

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