The sight and sound of Tories queueing up to praise Nelson Mandela makes me absolutely sick to the stomach, as during the evil apartheid era they played a major part in propping up that terrible regime.
The UN produce a list of when Security Council members exercise their veto (http://www.un.org/depts/dhl/resguide/scact_veto_en.shtml ) As you would expect the USA leads the list, mainly using their right to block resolutions to get Israel off the hook regarding their list of war crimes against the Palestinians.
But if you take a look at the 1980’s then you will find that we used our veto on a regular basis to protect the South African regime from being brought to account not only for running an openly racist state, but for interfering militarily in surrounding nations such as Namibia and Mozambique.
Then we have Druggie Dave going on a jaunt to the only nation to have racism (apart from Australia) enshrined in its constitution. As Kevin Maguire in today’s Daily Mirror reports 23-year-old David Cameron enjoyed a trip to apartheid South Africa in 1989, whilst Mandela was still in prison, as a “fact-finding mission” funded by Strategy Network International (SNI). SNI was formed in 1985 specifically as a lobby group specifically tasked with ending sanctions (called for by the ANC and Bishop Desmond Tutu) and DC was reported to have good relations with then South African president PW Botha. Meanwhile black South Africans had their citizenship revoked, had to put up with torture and murder as daily fact of life, and a life of grinding poverty with aspiration crushed as that was just the way it was.
Then we have this corker from Boris Johnson. It was in his Spectator column in 2002, long after the fall of apartheid. “The best fate for Africa would be if the old colonial powers, or their citizens, scrambled once again in her direction; on the understanding that this time they will not be asked to feel guilty. Why are they so brutal to each other? We may treat them like children, but it’s not because of us that they behave like the children in Lord of the Flies.” (Spectator Magazine February 2002).
Although it was over 20 years ago, we have the following gems from the upper echelons of the Tory Party.
‘Nelson Mandela should be shot’ – Tory MP Teddy Taylor
‘The ANC is a typical terrorist organisation’ – Margaret Thatcher
‘This hero worship is very much misplaced’- Tory MP John Carlisle
‘How much longer will the Prime Minister allow herself to be kicked in the face by this black terrorist?’ – Tory MP Terry Dicks
Same old Tories, same old Nasty Party. They have hatred and contempt for anything that is out of their experience. Hence the evils of the Bedroom Tax, the ritual kicking of the vulnerable and the creation of a bilious atmosphere around Social Security, wrongly branded as “welfare” or “benefits”.
Nye Bevan summed it up brilliantly and it reflects exactly my feelings about the Tories. Why are we still taking their evil poison?
“No amount of cajolery, and no attempts at ethical or social seduction, can eradicate from my heart a deep burning hatred for the Tory Party. So far as I am concerned they are lower than vermin.”