Nelson Mandela Rest In Peace

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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.

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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1 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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