So Margaret Thatcher was wrong about Nelson Mandela,
was she, Dave?
When will this madness end? In this bid to show that the Tories have ‘changed’, David Cameron has been acting like a madman. And the most dangerous sort of madman; one who really should know better.
Forget (if you can) all the sound Tory principles that have been jettisoned (or at best compromised) on this ‘journey’. Not content with that, David Cameron is now determined to rewrite history.
In his view, Margaret Thatcher was wrong to describe Nelson Mandela and the ANC as terrorists. Really? So what exactly were they, then? He doesn’t tell us. Perhaps they are now to be known as freedom fighters - the very term that causes so much outrage today when used to justify the actions of terrorists in the Middle East.
Today Nelson Mandela is a globally respected statesman. That does not deny the bloody history that took him to that place. Yes, the ANC were fighting for a worthy cause. Apartheid was an evil policy, and it is a good thing for humanity that it was abolished. However, the fact remains that the ANC used terrorism in pursuit of their ends.
By making those comments, David Cameron has shown himself to have no respect for history. Rather like the current occupant of Downing Street. He is looking at past events with the eyes of the present, and allowing that to cloud his perception.
The truth is, the ANC were terrorists. The only difference between them and other terrorists plying their ‘trade’ in those days, was one of degree. They did not inflict as much damage because they were spectacularly bad at executing their plans.
Let us make a comparison. Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness have been trying for years to paint themselves as statesmen. To some extent, they are succeeding. But consider how ridiculous it would be if, a few years from now, a politician denounced someone who, at the height of the Troubles, had referred to them as ‘terrorists’.
Cameron has been playing fast and loose with Tory policy. That is one thing. Playing with history is an altogether dangerous matter. In these days of moral relativism, compromise and triangulation, if there is one thing that should be sacred, it is history. We should have respect for historical fact. If we have a leader who does not recognise that, we are all in big trouble.