From “terrorist” to “freedom fighter” – Five entities who changed their tune on Nelson Mandela

Nii Ntreh Dec 5, 2019 at 12:30pm

December 05, 2019 at 12:30 pm | Uncategorized

Nii Ntreh

Nii Ntreh | Associate Editor

December 05, 2019 at 12:30 pm | Uncategorized

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A poster by a group of young Conservatives in the UK.

Conservative Party UK

The Conservative Party, with its insistence on trade liberalisation with very little government interventionism, refused to back sanctions against South Africa’s racist government.

This feeling from the elders was shared by the younger ones in the Conservative Party in the 1970s and 80s.

So an ex-UK prime minister, David Cameron; former chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne as well as Commons speaker, John Bercow, were all part of the young Conservative movement who called Mandela a terrorist and asked that he be hanged.

When Mandela died in 2013, all three men paid tributes calling him “an inspiration”.

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