Nelson Mandela Rest In Peace

Frederik_de_Klerk_with_Nelson_Mandela_-_World_Economic_Forum_Annual_Meeting_Davos_1992
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I grew up in East London during the era of the National Front, the Anti Nazi League and the Free Nelson Mandela campaign. When I went to Bristol University I was shocked to see students wearing badges with “Hang Nelson Mandela” on them. One of these students (from the Federation of Conservative Students) was the son of a Cabinet member. I was shocked and joined a group of students protesting against extreme rightwing tory politicians being invited to speak at the University. They included Harvey Proctor and John Carlisle – both very ugly far-rightists.

Looking back at our student protests it makes me realise that had I tried to do such a thing in South Africa I would have probably been arrested – had I been black in South Africa I might well have been killed. I wonder whether I would have been prepared to protest under different circumstances.

Nelson Mandela RIP.

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About Miles King

UK conservation professional, writing about nature, politics, life. All views are my own and not my employers. I don't write on behalf of anybody else.
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One Response to Nelson Mandela Rest In Peace

  1. David Dunlop says:

    “Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives everything its value.” Thomas Paine 1737-1809

    Let’s hope none of us has to find out, Miles.

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