Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Nelson Mandela


I missed the memorial. But I read Obama’s well-crafted, no doubt heartfelt and excellently delivered speech. Now would be the perfect time, Mr President, to close your own island prison and send home your state’s political prisoners, don’t you think, if the world is really to believe that your words mean anything? But perhaps Our Man’s being petty. Today isn’t about Obama. Our Man is happy to pass the floor to folk better qualified to comment, in order of personal preference, on the death of Mandela.

  1. He will never, ever be your dancing Minstrel
  2. Tributes have flooded in: Mark Steel’s spot-on piece
  3. Mandela writes his own epitaph: the trial that defined him
  4. Fleet Street Fox’s Pygmies on the shoulder of a giant piece
  5. In the Economist, life and times and all that

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

It isn't Obama that is keeping the prison open. It is Congress.

Our Man in Abiko said...

Hmm. I’m not convinced. And I didn’t mention drones or Obama’s kill lists once.