Wednesday, 18 April 2018

That was the news

Some people prefer just not to follow the news. I think it's a duty. Perhaps in a macabre way it's even a dark pleasure. But no not a pleasure.

Winnie Mandela who said 
"Together, hand in hand, with our matches and our necklaces, we shall liberate this country"
died and was praised in the Western press. Necklaces meant burning people alive by putting tyres around their necks filled with petrol.

When F.W. Klerk, who dismantled apartheid and freed Nelson Mandela dies, his obituary will be unflattering.

Emmanuel Macron talked about the threat to democracy from populists, by which he meant the threat to democracy from politicians who offer to do what the public wants. He won widespread praise for this.

In England a male voice choir was ordered to admit women.

Canada announced she will no longer discriminate on the grounds of physical disability when deciding which immigrants to accept.


  1. I am from South Africa, and am stunned by the fawning adulation given Winnie, some by politicians who I thought had more sense. The papers were full of full-page tributes and supplements for days.
    In the case of some politicians I think they didn't dare criticise for fear of the racism stigma, regardless of how they might truly feel.
    Honestly, the woman burned to death a 14 year old fellow 'struggle comrade', and danced around his burning body with her compatriots, yet never spent a second in jail. The opposition comments I have seen on forums are cried down with the mantra, "Well, nobody's perfect."
    Is this truly how politics works nowadays?

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