Politicians forgetting..

6 Dec

Listening to politicians lineup to praise Mandela makes you wonder how apartheid ever existed?
But it did.

It’s worth remembering that South Africa although under certain sanctions was never a pariah state, it wasn’t treated in the way Iran has been recently or say North Korea. Most government sanctions were ignored or sidelined. A classic example being the warplanes Britain sold them. For the most part it seemed consumers put the most pressure on boycotting those goods from south Africa, like pineapple, or pressuring those corporates trading in the regime…Barclays and Coca Cola spring to mind. Symbols of evil intent in many times.

Conveniently politicians can forget calling the ANC terrorists. Indeed New Zealand’s current prime minister can’t remember his own personal view on South Africa. I’m guessing he was not protesting about investment banks and the mines.

So post apartheid everyone loves Mandela. It would be nice if some political parties acknowledged they got it wrong…but they Wont, even though the internet serves as a reminder of all those young conservative ‘hang Nelson  Mandela ‘ posters or David Cameron$ trade visit in 89.

Oh not everyone, it appears the Minto/Pilger brigade actually run a strange criticism of Mandela. Given they see themselves as left wing firebrands. They think he hasn’t created enough wealth…odd really.

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